Having a newborn is challenging whether it’s your first baby or your fifth! When you’re a breastfeeding mom, it can be especially challenging. Hopefully you are able to see a lactation consultant (IBCLC) in the hospital setting within 24 hours after birth, but often things change once you get home from the hospital.
A mother’s milk doesn’t really “come in” until about day 3 to 5 after birth. And if you have experienced any complications during labor such as preterm birth, pre-eclampsia, a postpartum hemorrhage, unplanned c-section, or a prolonged length of labor, you could experience a delay of your milk coming in (beyond 5 days).
Sometimes babies take a little while to get the hang of breastfeeding. There are times when babies won’t latch effectively within those first few days after birth. A baby that is a sleepy feeder during the first week or two of life might be slow to gain weight. This doesn’t mean you and your baby aren’t going to be able to breastfeed.
Breastfeeding is “natural”, but it doesn’t always come easy.
We are excited to announce that Hillary Sadler (Baby Settler) will be working with our mothers and babies to help support them on their breastfeeding journey. In the past, Hillary worked at East Cooper Medical Center as a Labor & Delivery, Newborn, and Lactation nurse. Currently, she has her own practice: Baby Settler. She offers in-office, in-home, and virtual consultations for lactation (+ feeding/bottle) support and infant sleep support.
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine recommends integrating a routine post-discharge outpatient lactation visit coordinated within a pediatric primary care practice is one way to support breastfeeding mothers and to improve breastfeeding initiation and duration. We want you to have access to quality, evidence-based information related to breastfeeding, pumping, and supplementing.
It’s our recommendation that all breastfeeding (and pumping) mothers schedule a consult with Hillary (Baby Settler) within two weeks of birth. Thankfully, most insurance companies will cover this at no out of pocket expense to you. To find out if your insurance will cover the visit, you can go to this link to submit your information.
Hillary is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, but she also specializes in helping parents understand how feedings affect sleep and how sleep can affect feedings. She recently published her book, Baby Settler: It’s not just about sleep. Her lactation support consults are unique in that she addresses infant sleep in addition to lactation. When you schedule a lactation consult with Hillary you also receive access to her online course: Breastfeeding Made Simple.
If your baby is struggling with sleep, we recommend you reach out to Hillary for support. You can schedule an in-home or in-office Settled Baby Sleep consult. With this consult you get access to Hillary’s Babies Made Simple online course and her 60+ page manual as a guide related to feedings, wake time, and sleep for birth through 18 months
Hillary Sadler RNC-OB, MSN, IBCLC is a seasoned Mama and the founder of Baby Settler. She’s also an Author, Registered Nurse and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. It’s her passion to help new and expecting parents thrive (not just survive!). Get her 7 Steps to a Successful Postpartum Plan.