EUGENE, Ore. -- Breastfeeding a baby is something that may come natural for a new mom, however for some it can be a little more challenging. Women’s Care has an internationally certified lactation consultant for new moms that may be struggling.
“It's about helping a new family, and mother and baby, and the mother's partner get on board and understand lactation and breastfeeding,” said Miffy Davis, International Certified Lactation Consultant.
Davis has been with Women's Care for 33-and-a-half years helping babies, moms, and their support system with breastfeeding.
“One of the misconceptions with breastfeeding is that because it's so natural and a part of nature, there shouldn't be any problems or issues with it,” said Davis. “There can be issues with milk coming in, there could be issues with sore, cracked nipples. It's really important for women to get all the help they can in the hospital and then follow up.”
At RiverBend there are nurses and lactation consultants that help with breastfeeding right after birth, but sometimes moms struggle when they are back home.
“Between birth and 72 hours after delivery, you have your colostrum, which is just this beautiful thick, gold liquid that this baby just gets drops of. And then three days after you deliver your milk comes in,” Davis said.
Every pregnant mom at Women's Care is given Davis' phone number. She is on call ready to help 24/7.
“My biggest role is to help walk really closely with the new mama and help her learn and see how well her body works and how she can trust it,” Davis said.
Women's Care also offers a prenatal breastfeeding class that gives an overview of the process and some of the issues that could come about.