I am Allyson, a lactation consultant and physical therapist with Nurture Columbus. What? A physical therapist and a lactation consultant? Why? After working for years as a physical therapist in various settings across the country and seeing the direct impact of sub-optimal nutrition and emotional connection manifest in chronic health crises, I am thankful to be working with new families in their homes. After all, learning is best accomplished in a familiar and comfortable space, and lifelong health is best optimized when a baby has breastfed as much as possible.
I’m Julie, a Lactation Consultant for Nurture Columbus. If you text or call us you’ll hear back from either myself or Allyson (our other Lactation Consultant and Physical Therapist). There is no middleman, you’ll be talking to a consultant right away! I have worked in many settings and this by far is my favorite: being the one to take your call and hear your concerns directly; meet with you in your home, with your chairs and pillows for feeding; and then provide consistent care through ongoing follow up.
When a baby is born, there is much anticipation for the development ahead, particularly motor or movement milestones such as head control, rolling, sitting, reaching, crawling and eventual walking. These common milestones can be hindered or facilitated in the early weeks and months depending on how a baby is provided with time to freely move outside of containers such as carseats, swings, and bouncy seats.
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.