Lactation Counseling

 

Healthy Families lactation counseling is unique because its provided in the home at no charge to families who may not have otherwise considered breastfeeding.

The service begins prenatally as our Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) meets with newly enrolled Healthy Families clients.  Our CLC:

  • Educates about the benefits of breastfeeding
  • Answers questions
  • Dispels concerns
  • Offers support
  • Conducts assessments using a portable baby scale
  • Provides on-call assistance via telephone

Breastfeeding baby

Not only does our CLC offer individual support, she also holds two monthly breastfeeding groups.

  • Breastfeeding Support Group — Women at different stages of breastfeeding (including prenatal) are able to provide peer support and mentoring to one another.
    • Bonding After Breastfeeding Group — Mothers who have successfully breastfed for at least one year learn ways to continue to strengthen the bond with their child once the weaning process begins, and focus on play-based early childhood development.

In both groups, the CLC promotes baby wearing, skin-to-skin contact, nutrition and wellness for mother and baby, and introduces health and bonding activities like cooking and yoga.

For more information, please contact our Certified Lactation Counselor at 434-485-8136.