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Post Partum Doula Class

Posted on: June 19, 2009

I attended a three hour post partum doula class last night. This class was an information class so that I could learn how to better serve the new moms at the hospital. I did not like some of the opinions regarding breastfeeding that was given by the post partum doula who gave the class. She has been a certified doula for the past two years. One of the things that bothered me was a comment that she made regarding having a patient say how long they wanted breastfeeding to last. She gave an example of how a woman was complaining that she was sore and wanted to give up. The doula said to her well …..I guess it’s time then. WRONG!!!!!! I responded it’s time to call La Leche League. It was only a month of breastfeeding and there is always time to correct an improper latch. Another comment she made that bothered me was……I never touch the patient. How the heck are you supposed to help a first time mom if you don’t show her how to guide the baby on? When I worked as a labor and delivery nurse I always asked if I could touch them to show them proper techniques. Not once did I have a new mom say no you can’t touch me. Breastfeeding is a learning process for both mother and baby. It takes practice and encouragement. If you are having difficulty with breastfeeding please go to a La Leche meeting or find a certified lactation consultant. Being a new mother can be overwhelming. Remember this…..Others have gone before you and they have survived. I would love to hear about your stories about breastfeeding.

http://www.llli.org/nb.html

http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/

http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/breastfeeding.cfm

http://search.marchofdimes.com/msmres.asp?query=breastfeeding

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1 Response to "Post Partum Doula Class"

I had a very difficult time nursing my daughter. She was born with larygomalacia (floppy windpipe). I wasnt able to nurse in the typical cradle or football holds I had to lay on my back with her perched ontop since it was easiest for her to swallow while laying on her tummy. It was impossible to go out for the first couple months until her swallowing got stonger and more coordinated. I wouldnt have gotten through it without the endless support of my midwives, lactaion consultant, pediatrician, and my family. I am glad to have had the full support of everyone around me. My daughter is 17 months and still happily nursing. I am thankful for people like you that understand the importance of making breastfeeding work!

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