Breastfeeding and bottle feeding support Middle Tennessee

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding is natural, but for many, it doesn’t come naturally. At Music City Doulas, we offer in-home lactation support to help get your breastfeeding journey off to the best start possible. This supportive service is available during pregnancy as well as after the birth of your baby through an in-home consultation with our lactation specialist. Through individualized in-home consultations, the care and support you will receive will be as unique as you and your family so you can grow confidently in your new role as a parent. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all those planning to breastfeed see a lactation specialist within 3-4 days after birth to assist in proper latch and discuss milk supply. Whether you are still pregnant and wish to discuss your plans or concerns with breastfeeding or you have had your baby and need gentle guidance and encouragement, our lactation specialist is committed to helping you reach your breastfeeding goals.

Breastfeeding Consultations

Prenatal Lactation Consultation (1 hour)

Learning how to establish a healthy feeding relationship will provide peace of mind and prepare you for when your baby is here. Prior to giving birth, many people have questions and concerns about how certain lifestyles, medications, or surgeries may affect their breastfeeding relationship. This one hour, in-home consultation provides the perfect opportunity to discuss these concerns and come up with an action plan for when baby arrives.

Initial Breastfeeding Visit (2 hours)

From the moment your baby is born, our trained lactation specialist is here to help with anything from latch, painful nursing, breastfeeding with flat or inverted nipples, newborn weight gain, milk production, and more. But don’t wait until there is a problem to bring in the support of our breastfeeding specialist. Initial breastfeeding visits are also meant to be used as a preventative to avoid issues with feeding and to grow confidently in your breastfeeding relationship.

Follow-Up Visit (1 hour)

After your initial visit, you may feel like you need to have your lactation specialist back into your home to check in on how things are going, help formulate a plan for pumping or going back to work, for continued support in infant weight gain, or a variety of other reasons. A follow-up visit is a great option for those who have already had an initial visit but need a bit more support later.

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 Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding Basics Class (2 hours)

Before your baby is born, learn what you need to know to get breastfeeding off to the best start. This comprehensive class covers the how to get a good latch, breastfeeding positions, and normal newborn eating habits and hunger cues. Learn the ins and out of breastfeeding a newborn baby and practice positions with our breastfeeding doll and silicone model breast.

Breastfeeding Challenges (1 hour)

A perfect add-on to our Breastfeeding Basics Class, this class will cover many common challenges faced during the breastfeeding journey. Learn about poor latch, sore nipples, engorgement, tongue and lip ties, clogged ducts, mastitis, supply issues, and how to deal with these challenges if they occur.

Beyond Basics (1 hour)

Go beyond learning the basics of breastfeeding with this special add-on. In this class, learn about preparing to return to work, pumping breastmilk, weaning, and introducing solid foods.

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