Breastfeeding brought me to my knees but it ultimately became a symbol of my strength.
- Robin Kaplan, IBCLC, in LATCH.
According to the Midwives Alliance of North America Home Birth Study, Community Midwives care enables:
*Extremely high rate of breastfeeding at 6 weeks*
97.7% of babies were breastfeeding (at least partially), and 86.0% were breastfeeding exclusively at 6 weeks postpartum in this large prospective study including over 14,000 families who birthed with Community Midwives. This is an extraordinarily high rate of breastfeeding initiation and continuation, and it is a very important finding to consider in the overall evaluation of the risks and benefits of home birth. Not being breastfed is associated with considerable health consequences to newborns (Stuebe, 2009). These data suggest that home birth is associated with the extremely significant protective factor of maintained breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Resources - Your Community Midwife is trained and experienced in supporting your breastfeeding journey. This means that when breastfeeding is difficult, which it can be, she will offer ideas and suggestions to increase your milk supply, get a better latch going, change baby’s position or seek the help of a lactation consultant. She will have ideas for reducing engorgement, for nipple relief and for pumping. This next-level support is fundamental to our basic needs to feed our babies and has been the tradition of Midwives for thousands of years. Women supporting each other in the process of feeding our children. It’s not a new idea. But it is a modern version of it with all the knowledge and technology available, so you can feed your baby.