Lactation consultants see it every day: babies with moms who ask for help too late. Who we don’t see: the moms who gave up before they even found us. This has a profound impact on the health of their babies and even on their own health. A new, evidence-based model of care introduces moms to early support and leads to improved clinical outcomes now and later.
Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Adding a new member to your family is an exciting event that almost always brings with it new challenges, and more so if your baby arrives earlier than expected. Babies who arrive after 34 weeks, but before 38 weeks gestation are referred to as “late preterm” or “near-term.” Late preterm babies might look like healthy full-term babies, but they do not share the same feeding behaviors.
Today, May 4th, 2016, marks my two-year “nursiversary.” I wrote about my first nursiversary here, and in that blog post discussed the cold, hard numbers of my journey. And after we made it to a year, people kept asking: how long will you nurse your son? And my answer is and has always been the same: as long as he will have me.