Donna Bruschi, IBCLC
Your picture-pefect vision of breastfeeding your baby has disintegrated into days, or weeks, of tears and frustration.
You wonder if you're making enough milk. You may have been told to supplement with formula, or even quit.
You may be pumping, using nipple shields and/or feeding formula.
You may be cringing when you're nursing your baby -- Your nipples and/or breasts are sore!
Your baby may be fussing and crying and/or falling asleep while feeding.
Or, you may have a situation, like tongue tie, plugged ducts, low pumping volume, or just have... so many QUESTIONS!
You definitely feel overwhelmed. Breastfeeding your baby is the hardest thing you've ever done.
Even more frustrating, is that you have been trying, and it's still not working.
You have searched online, and asked your doctors, friends and family for information, advice and support.
You may have gotten help from other lactation consultants, and/or connected with a support group.
You've been trying to resolve it on your own, with all the information you can gather. But now, you have conflicting answers on what you should do, and that is making it worse.
You are not alone in your overwhelm.
In our culture, breastfeeding is not commonplace. Learning how to nurse has been reduced to "getting the latch right," "watching the clock," and "producing enough milk"
Actually, breastfeeding is an intimate relationship between you and your baby, even when you aren't feeding at the breast.
Nursing is intuitive and natural, and it can be hard to figure out. Overwhelming emotions like desire, joy, sadness, and frustration get all mixed up with positioning, timing, history, and hormones.
It can be messy and difficult, especially in the first few weeks.
When feeding your baby hurts;
When you are unsure, anxious or frustrated;
When your baby is unhappy, or not thriving;
There are things between you and your baby that can be looked at, figured out, and adjusted.
What seems like magic...is really science.
There is a lot of research about breastfeeding and human milk. I study it -- and I use it to help clients.
For example: We know that learning breastfeeding is a process, driven by innate reflexes, that drive a baby's actions as they learn breastfeeding, and actually, all developmental skills.
When you understand how these innate reflexes support you and your baby learning breastfeeding, then you and your baby work together. Pain disappears and milk production improves, whether you have too much, or too little. Breastfeeding feels intuitive, natural, and most of all, comfortable.
More importantly, you will feel connected and confident, and your baby will be happy and content, more of the time.
Most importantly...when you understand innate reflexes, you feel confident nurturing your baby, no matter how you feed them your milk.
If you would like my expertise and caring in your experience, I am here to guide you.
It doesn't matter if you think your situation is hopeless, or too far gone. We will figure this out together and get your dreams back on track.
Breastfeeding, chestfeeding, human milk feeding, exclusive breast milk feeding, bottle feeding, exclusively pumping, and combo feeding -- ALL feeding options are available. You will be confident your baby is eating enough.
Please let me know your pronouns, goals, and dreams. I respect who you are and how you live your life. For more than 20 years, I’ve been providing guidance, support and resources for parents just like you.
Together, we will uncover the causes of your current challenges. And, together, we will develop a sustainable breastfeeding plan that improves your well-being.
I am in-network with Aetna. Simply request an appointment.
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” --Harriet Beecher Stowe
Donna Bruschi, IBCLC
652 State Route 299, Suite 202