Lactation and Feeding

Breastfeeding may be your choice, but so is bottle-feeding, formula, and solids! We’re available to answer all your questions and give you unbiased, evidence based information on any aspect of feeding regarding your baby.


The choice to breastfeed is yours and we’re here to support you every step of the way! Each breastfeeding relationship is just as unique as the individual baby. Having a lactation professional available is an important first step in a successful breastfeeding journey.

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding and is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The Fayetteville Doulas proud to be able to provide personalized IBCLC services to all our clients who need them.

Whether your goal is 7 days, 3 months, 1 year or more, The Fayetteville Doulas are ready to encourage you and help you meet your goals!

Why would I need to see an IBCLC?

  • painful or uncomfortable nursing sessions
  • baby is slow to gain weight
  • baby has symptoms that may be diagnosed as colic, reflux, or thrush
  • you are having difficulties pumping
  • you have concerns about low milk supply
  • you have questions about returning to school, introducing solids, weaning, exclusive pumping, weaning from the nipple shield, etc.

Our IBCLCs are available for home visits which means there is no need to pack up yourself and your new baby and leave the house. If you’re ready to schedule an IBCLC visit, contact us today!

 

We’ll help you navigate the decision making process so you can make a choice that is perfect for you and your family. If you find yourself in any of these situations or asking these questions, you can benefit from professional postpartum doula support to discuss your options.

  • I am interested in pumping so my parter/spouse can help with feedings. What are the pros and cons/risks and benefits of doing this?
  • I don’t know where to start when it comes to selecting a pump and pumping while breastfeeding. I need help!
  • I think I am done breastfeeding and want to know what my options are.
  • Will I be judged for giving my baby formula? Will I be judged for deciding breastfeeding isn’t something I want to continue to do, or do at all?
  • I’d rather pump exclusively and not breastfeed. Can this be done?
  • Is there anything important I should know when giving my baby a bottle? What is “paced bottle feeding” and why is it important?
  • What are some of the signs that my baby may be ready for solid foods?
  • Do I have to feed my baby jarred baby food?
  • What is a good first food for my baby? Is baby cereal still recommended?
  • What can I expect in my baby’s diapers when we switch to formula or solids? What is considered normal or abnormal?

Ready to learn more? Please contact us to set up a complimentary consultation!