There is a big learning curve for both moms and babies with breastfeeding during the first 2 weeks after birth. Some people will find that they struggle with sore nipples, a baby that doesn't want to latch, low milk supply, engorgement (or very full, uncomfortable breasts) or babies who want to cluster feed (or feeding very frequently).
Many families are discharged from the hospital after 48-72 hours, and have only just begun to get the hang of breastfeeding. Going home they often feel worried about how to do it by themselves. Their next doctor's appointment might be a week or two away, which is a long time for a newborn!
I like to meet families while they are pregnant, so that I can visit them within a day or 2 after they come home. I often visit 2 - 3 times per week for the first 2 weeks or so, and then weekly or monthly as babies get older. By visiting often, I can help breastfeeding be comfortable and enjoyable for both mom and baby. I bring a scale to every visit, so we can see how much baby take in while nursing and track weights to make sure they're gaining on track.
With early, frequent visits, I can help catch any small problems before they become big, and we can make a plan to get things back on track!
Whether it's your first baby or your third, it's good to have support, encouragement, and helping hands. If you live in the Indianapolis area, I would love to be those things for you!