Thank you for considering Nurture to support your family! We serve Franklin, Delaware, Coshocton, Muskingum, Licking, Knox, Guernsey, Holmes, and Tuscarawas Counties with in-home lactation, accepting both self pay and insurance. Currently, Physical Therapy is available for Franklin County.Continue reading “Nurture Travel Area”
Nurture In-Home Lactation and Physical Therapy Consultations are available with safety protocols in place for both staff and clients. Virtual consultations will continue to be available, allowing families to choose the service that fits their needs. Please reach out with any questions on how we can best serve you!Continue reading “COVID19 In-Home Consultation Safety Protocol”
Navigating insurance is confusing! When Allyson and I (Julie) first sat down to create Nurture Columbus, one of our main goals was to figure out insurance coverage and creative ways we could offer quality, in-home lactation services to ALL families. We have made some great progress working toward this goal, and are continually working each week to improve access to IBCLC lactation services. Here are your current options for covered or discounted services with Nurture:Continue reading “Navigating Insurance and more with Nurture Columbus”
Allyson Wessells, PT, IBCLC
Breastfeeding is a developmental milestone that optimizes the health of baby, mother and the environment. Understanding why a baby breastfeeds, knowing how to be prepared to get breastfeeding started, and being familiar with signs that milk supply and baby’s growth are plentiful help minimize challenges that may occur with this natural progression.Continue reading “Breastfeeding Basics”
Caring for an infant can be stressful at times, but the recent formula shortage has really amplified all the normal infant feeding stressors. We see you all struggling with the extra pressure to make milk or know where you’ll find the formula your baby tolerates best.
Here are some tips for making milk and accessing human milk:Continue reading “Making Milk & Accessing Human Milk”
Nurture is excited to grow our team by bringing on Lisa Sheer as a contractor! Lisa is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has a background working with WIC and private practice as the owner of Latching On. She serves Coshocton, Muskingum, Licking, Knox, Guernsey, Holmes, and Tuscarawas Counties. We are excited to bring Lisa’s expertise to Nurture and expand insurance coverage by bringing affordable lactation care to more Ohio Counties. To schedule with Lisa,Continue reading “Welcome, Lisa!”
Allyson Wessells, PT, MPT, IBCLC
Breastfeeding is visual, breastfeeding is movement, but probably more than anything, breastfeeding is confidence! We see it daily in the families that call on us as lactation consultants to help them through basic to complex challenges. The look on a parent’s face is confidence as they discover how to hold their baby, help their baby move, know that their baby is getting enough, and learn about the biology that has propelled us through time.
Numerous studies show that breastfeeding confidence and newborn behavior are strong predictors of reaching breastfeeding goals. But how does this confidence form? How does this behavior form? As with anything new we learn in life, practice, support, encouragement, and often some problem solving are essential. The high frequency that comes with breastfeeding is practice. Tummy time is practice! Families, friends, healthcare providers, employers and workplaces are vital support. All help to grow maternal confidence that, in turn, positively impacts infant behavior.
If you have worked with anyone at Nurture, you know that tummy time is incorporated into most of our visits at some point. Trained in the TummyTime!™ Method, we teach interactive tummy time from birth. Over the years we have seen the movement a baby engages in when on belly translate to improved movement necessary for effective breastfeeding (or any type of feeding for that matter!).
What does this have to do with confidence? Eventually, we connected with researchers from Ohio University and implemented a qualitative study that revealed participation in interactive prone play/tummy time has an impact on breastfeeding confidence. Mothers reported improved ease with positioning, more comfort with technique and latch, observed infant strength gains, and a better balance of back to sleep messaging with playing on belly when awake. Movement, maternal confidence, and infant behavior all go hand in hand!
Some basics of knowing baby is getting enough and that YOU got this!
- Active latch, sucks and swallows that are consistent for several minutes
- Baby will lose weight initially and begin to gain once your milk comes in
- Back up to birth weight by 2 weeks, gaining 1oz per day
- Breasts will feel full before feeding and softer after (once milk is in)
- Baby’s arm will be tense before feeding and relax as baby becomes full
Some basics of knowing baby is moving enough and CAN do this!
- Reflexively moves toward breast with rooting and jaw gaping
- Extends head to allow jaw and tongue movement as we do when drinking from a glass
- Comfortable with head turned to both sides and not showing preference for one side over other
- Able to easily be rolled onto belly and reflexively practice the movement necessary for effective feeding
Looking for a boost in confidence? Schedule a visit with us!
This data, anonymously collected from parents post-visit with Nurture, shows that support really does make all the difference in breastfeeding confidence!
About the author: Allyson Wessells is a physical therapist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with Nurture Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio. As a PT and IBCLC, she focuses on optimizing nourishment and growth for lifelong health. Other services include presentations emphasizing the importance of breastfeeding and infant neurodevelopment as foundations for preventative healthcare.
Jesberger, C., Chertok, I. A., Wessells, A., & Schaumleffel, C. (2021). Maternal Self-Confidence and Breastfeeding after Participating in a Program about Infant Prone Positioning. MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing, 46(4), 205–210. https://doi.org/10.1097/NMC.0000000000000731
Loke, A.Y. and Chan, L.-K.S. (2013), Maternal Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and the Breastfeeding Behaviors of Newborns in the Practice of Exclusive Breastfeeding. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 42: 672-684. https://doi.org/10.1111/1552-6909.12250
Blyth, R., Creedy, D.K., Dennis, C.-L., Moyle, W., Pratt, J. and De Vries, S.M. (2002), Effect of Maternal Confidence on Breastfeeding Duration: An Application of Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Theory. Birth, 29: 278-284. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1523-536X.2002.00202.x
Let’s chat about pump flanges. You have likely heard that it is possible your pump flange is either too large or too small. If you did a quick internet search, you soon realized there are endless possibilities for sizes and shapes of flanges. And, well, it is quite overwhelming. Your Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can help you navigate the perfect flange fit and find the right pump setting for you.Continue reading “Finding the Perfect Pump Flange Fit”