There Is No Substitute for Mom's Milk
We want to help you to be successful in your effort to breastfeed. Whether you are giving birth or adopting, you can provide bonding and nutrition by giving breastmilk to your baby. Most moms desire to breastfeed, but fail due to lack of support or education. We can remove barriers and help you have the birth and breastfeeding experience you desire.
Congratulations on Your Decision
We want to commend you on your decision to provide the optimal food--the essential food for your newborn. Mammals all have species-specific food with just the right ingredients and nutrients for their offspring, and humans are not an exception to the rule. Infants who do not get the colostrum (first milk that is produced from mom's breast) do not get the immunological factors they are meant to receive. Without this protection against pathogens and bacteria, infants are more likely to be ill or suffer from some infections and diseases.
Breastfeeding is also crucial for bonding. The love hormone (oxytocin) is released when moms breastfeed. This hormone relaxes Mom and increases her attachment and bonding with her baby.
Breastfeeding is a natural, beautiful way to bond and provide for your infant, but not everything that is natural comes easy. Almost 87% of women enter the labor and delivery room desiring to breastfeed and three weeks later the percentage of moms still nursing is in the 30's. Don't be a statistic. We provide prenatal educational classes and our doulas are Lactation experts. You are not alone in this journey from womanhood to motherhood. In-home consultations are also available. Get breastfeeding off to a good start and reap the benefits for a lifetime!
"Reflections of Breastfeeding"
Inspired by "Reflections of Motherhood"
Personalizing the Decision to Breastfeed
Visit the list of Breastfeeding Links now for Lactation information and bookmark the ones you want to return to after you deliver. Additional prenatal and postpartum organizations are listed on the Resource Page. There are several low-cost and free organizations that exist to help you reach your goals. Most professionals in the "birthing business" desire to serve other women in their time of need.
Whether you need breastfeeding assistance, or want to become a Lactation Consultant yourself, we have resources for you.
If you are looking for advice on sitting for the IBCLC Exam, follow Christy Jo's blog where she highlights steps for becoming an IBCLC. If you are looking for information about the popular Grow Our Own Course, that Christy Jo developed, visit the "Professional Education" link.
Are you a pregnant or breastfeeding mom looking or support, education or assistance? For a complete list of Breastfeeding Clinics in Riverside and the surrounding areas, visit Lovingsupport.org, or if you are a Riverside County resident in need of immediate breastfeeding help, call toll-free in Riverside County 1.888.451.2499. If you prefer an in-home consultation, contact Christy Jo for availability or referrals. For general information about breastfeeding visit Breastfeeding Links.
We encourage moms who are unable to breastfeed to provide banked human milk for their infants. Some insurance companies will cover the cost for the prescription. Check with your insurance carrier. Moms desiring to donate to the milk bank should contact their local Milk Bank.