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BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Breastfeeding is one of the hardest skills that a new Mama will face. It is not like how they show it on TV. Breastfeeding is a learned skill that takes time for both you and your baby to learn. My breastfeeding support services are designed to help you feel supported, safe, and reassured that you have the help that you need. I am here to guide you every step of the way.

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MAMABEAR TRUTH:

Your milk doesn’t come in right away, and even when it does it can take time to build up your supply. It can be overwhelming to know when to feed your baby, for how long and how to know if your baby is getting enough milk. It's normal, and I'm here to help!

Every woman’s journey into breastfeeding is different and my job is to support you.

As a lactation counsellor, I have over 13 years of experience helping Mamas establish breastfeeding and troubleshoot problems. It’s about empowering you so that you have the skills and confidence needed to successfully breastfeed your baby. It’s about knowing that you have support and are not alone in this.

Which breastfeeding support option is right for me?

Select one of my breastfeeding support options below, or package this together with another one of my prenatal and postpartum support services listed below. Looking for complete support? Be sure to check out the Complete MamaBear Package.

This is my most popular package for expectant and new parents who want a strong start to their postpartum recovery, baby care skills and healthy breastfeeding.  It includes:

  • Preparing for Baby session in your 3rd trimester
  • Initial breastfeeding consult in your first week home with baby
  • 2 additional in-home visits postpartum (breastfeeding, baby care, postpartum healing)
  • Email support for 8 weeks postpartum

COST: $400

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The PREPARING FOR BABY session is a one-hour home visit, perfect between 32 - 40 weeks of pregnancy. We discuss how you can best prepare for a healthy start to breastfeeding.

COST: $75

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Are you in your first weeks postpartum? This 90 minute POSTPARTUM HOME VISIT is best done within the first week, but can be done anytime you have concerns. I assess baby's latch, review breastfeeding basics, and answer your questions/concerns. You will also receive follow-up email support for 1 week.

COST: $150

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The FOLLOW-UP HOME VISIT is a 60 minute consultation designed to ensure good progress and troubleshoot any further problems or concerns you may have.

COST: $75 (add email support for one week for + $25)

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Prefer to do our consultation virtually, or live outside of Metro Vancouver? No problem. My VIRTUAL BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT session offers you a 40 minute consultation by phone or Skype allowing me to troubleshoot any questions or concerns you have about feeding your baby.

COST: $65

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doula-reviews

“Oh breastfeeding, the most unnatural, natural thing for me as a mother. I had no idea what I was doing and nothing ever goes the same when you finally get home. Having Agnes come to our house, and really sit down and listen to my concerns really changed everything for me. I didn't feel rushed or brushed aside, and instead felt comfortable to discuss all my issues and ask as many questions as possible."

- Nicole -

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“Agnes was instrumental in my breastfeeding success story. We had a number of things working against us but with Agnes' help our little one is now feeding like a champion and is thriving. Nobody tells you how hard it can be to breastfeed but you don't have to do it alone. Agnes answered all my questions and came up with a plan that ensured i could breastfeed exclusively without pain. I cannot recommend her services enough."

- Chapman Family -

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“I don’t live locally but was able to get support from Agnes through Skype. I was having supply issues and she was able to troubleshoot the problem and gave me some pointers that really helped. She was kind, patient and made me feel like I wasn’t a failure as a mom. I also knew that if I ever needed support in the future, Agnes could help. Thank you so much for helping me.”

- Emma _

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"After our first breastfeeding consult, Agnes kept in touch and continued to offer help and support which helped me immensely as we navigated this new world of ours. I would recommend her to anyone who needs assistance breastfeeding.”

- New Family -

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need support? Won’t the baby just latch when he/she is hungry?

Unfortunately not always and even if they do, it can be hard sometimes to know whether or not their latch is good. Having the extra support will ensure your baby is latching well, give you confidence and ensure your baby is gaining weight.

I’ve heard that my milk won’t come in right away? Won’t my baby starve?

Yes, your milk won’t be in right away, but no your baby won’t starve. For the first few days, your body makes what’s called Colostrum. That’s the liquid gold that every Mama talks about.

How long does it take my milk to come in?

It can take anywhere from 3-7 days for it to come in and even once it comes in, it can take a few more weeks to get your milk supply up.

 

How big is my baby’s stomach?

Your baby’s stomach is only the size of a marble, about 5 mls, so they don’t need a lot initially.

 

Do I need to supplement my baby right away?

No you don’t. For the first 24 hrs, it is recommended to do lots of skin to skin with baby and to have many attempts at the breast. Your baby will be weighed after 24 hrs and depending on their weight loss, amount of wet and dirty diapers, that will affect what the plan is. Sometimes it is necessary to supplement, but not always. Talk to your nurse about any concerns you have.

Is it ok to give my baby a soother?

It is recommended that you wait until breastfeeding has been established before introducing a soother. You want to make sure that you know what your baby’s hunger cues are.

How often should I be feeding my baby?

You should be feeding your baby at least every 3 hrs, especially in the middle of the night, when your milk supply is at its highest. With that said, it is important that you wake your baby to feed them. Your body makes milk very similarly to how the economy works. The more the demand, the more the supply, so the more the baby goes go the breast, the more milk your body will make.

 

What are signs that my baby is hungry?
  • Crying
  • Rooting
  • Putting their hands in their mouths
  • Sticking their tongue out
  • Looking for the nipple

 

How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
What is cluster feeding?

Around the second night you’ll notice that you’ve just finished feeding your baby and put them down in the bassinet, and then 20 mins later, they are wide awake, hungry, looking to be fed again. This can continue all night, for what seems like forever and then all of a sudden they not only fall asleep but stay asleep. This is normal. They are trying to bring in your milk, not to torture you. This will pass, but you will notice that this will happen around a growth spurt 3, 6, 9 weeks, and then at 3, 6, 9 months. Because they are having a growth spurt, they need more milk, so they are telling your brain to make more milk by feeding more often.

 

How long can I safely store breast milk for?

> Download my free guide to SAFE STORAGE OF BREASTMILK

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