Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about Gulf Coast Breastfeeding
What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
Breastmilk is made by you specifically for your baby. Breastmilk provides optimal nutrition for healthy, term newborn babies. Your milk prevents common illnesses associated with NOT breastfeeding such as ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory diseases. There are over 200 ingredients to nourish and protect your baby. Breastfeeding is associated with decrease in obesity, increased IQ, decrease in risk of Diabetes (all forms), and a decrease in food allergies/sensitivities just to name a few. Breastfeeding is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a mother to pass along her immunities from certain diseases to her infant's immune system. Formula is a one-size-fits-all type of food that often doesn't fit a baby's nutritional needs and/or immune system.
What is an IBCLC and why use one?
The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child healthcare team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. Research has shown improved breastfeeding outcomes when mothers and infants receive the services of IBCLC's. There may be many sources of support in the community for basic breastfeeding issues and information. However, if you require more than basic breastfeeding support an IBCLC brings a unique set of skills and experience to meet the specific needs of each individual mother and child. A visit to a Lactation Consultant is generally cheaper than the cost of one month of formula. It is well worth the investment to seek the help that will allow you to continue to breastfeed. Not only to save the cost of formula, but also for the money you will save in doctor visits, medications and the priceless emotional and psychological advantages of breastfeeding for both mom and baby.
May my partner attend classes and/or consultations?
Yes. Partners play a critical role in a successful breastfeeding relationship through being supportive and encouraging. Having a supportive partner is correlated with higher breastfeeding rates. A new mother, regardless of her feeding choice, can not have too many positive support persons during this critical season in her life. It has been said, "it takes a village" and hopefully each mother's "village" consists of many positive members.
What can I expect at my initial consultation?