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Doulas and Breastfeeding

August 5, 2010

If you haven’t already heard, we are in the midst of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW).   WBW celebrates the signing of the Innocenti Declaration- and 2010 marks the 20th anniversary!  This document, which recognized the benefits of breastfeeding to both families and the state, was issues by the World Health Organization and UNICEF with the goal of promoting a “breastfeeding culture” across the globe.  This document laid out practical ways that countries could obtain this and, among other things, propelled the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.

Did you know that not only can a doula help you achieve your birth goals but we can also assist you in achieving your breastfeeding goals as well.   During your prenatal appointments, she can help you get information you need, answer questions you may have and direct you to local resources and support groups such as your local La Leche League.  Studies show that births with doulas present have fewer complications- helping ensure that you and your baby will have time together immediately following birth to be skin-to-skin.  They can help usher in a time of bonding and breastfeeding.

As La Leche League (LLL) said in their article The Doula and the Breastfeeding Family, “A doula can be a strong link in the chain of support that new parents need to have a satisfying and joyous birth experience. Her presence can help ensure that mothers will be able to be alert during labor and so participate actively during birth. Her support after birth can give the mother the opportunity to breastfeed her baby early and often. As LLL’s experience shows, these actions help mothers to have a satisfying and successful breastfeeding relationship with their babies.”
(click here to read the full article)

At your postpartum visit, you can discuss any concerns you may have as your doula offers breastfeeding support and encouragement.

La Leche League of Bloomington-Normal

La Leche League of Washington-Germantown Hills which meet in East Peoria

La Leche League of Champaign-Urbana

Find a La Leche League Near You

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  1. August 5, 2010 1:30 pm

    Jessica was my doula, and though, due to forces completely beyond anyone’s control, I had an emergency c-section instead of the water birth I’d wanted, thanks to her help I was still able to nurse my baby within an hour of his birth. While I was still in the recovery room after surgery (they’d given me general anesthesia due to time constraints), the baby nurse asked Jessica what I’d wanted to do about nursing. Thanks to all the talks we’d had previously, she knew that one of the main things I’d wanted was the immediate opportunity to breastfeed, so she was able to relay that strong desire to the nurse in my stead. As a result, they brought my baby to the recovery room where he latched right on and started nursing. What a blessing! Thanks, Jessica, for being that all-important “link in the chain” that your article mentioned.

    • jessicabirthdoula permalink*
      August 5, 2010 3:31 pm

      You are so welcome! Your comment means so much to me and is exactly the reason I do what I do. Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me be even a small part of that amazing experience ❤

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