The Midwives of New Jersey believe that breastfeeding is the optimal feeding method for almost all babies. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics concur and state that,
Breastfeeding and the use of human milk confer unique nutritional and nonnutritional benefits to the infant and the mother and, in turn, optimize infant, child, and adult health as well as child growth and development. Recently, published evidence-based studies have confirmed and quantitated the risks of not breastfeeding. Thus, infant feeding should not be considered as a lifestyle choice but rather as a basic health issue. As such, the pediatrician’s role in advocating and supporting proper breastfeeding practices is essential and vital for the achievement of this preferred public health goal
Eidelman, A. & Schenler, R. “Executive Summary Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk.” PEDIATRICS Volume 129, Number 3, March 2012.
The Midwives of New Jersey provide lactation support immediately after your birth and in the first days postpartum because a good start to breastfeeding reaps many rewards:
- Less neonatal jaundice
- More rest for Mom
- More milk – sooner and later
- Less nipple trauma and pain
- More confident mother
- Less stress during a time that is typically very stressful
The Lactation Counseling Process
Many of our clients desire our help in getting off to a good start in breastfeeding their babies. We are uniquely positioned to assist our clients with the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding, and we do so through:
- Educating women throughout pregnancy about the benefits of breastfeeding
- Offering a breastfeeding class taught by Lisa Lederer, IBCLC and Britt Sando, IBCLC
- Helping women to have a natural birth. Delivering without intervention improves babies’ receptiveness at the breast
- Proactively assisting with the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding for our clients who have a more complicated delivery
- Visiting our clients daily in the hospital to assist with breastfeeding. Lactation consultants are also available in the hospital.
We offer lactation consulting in both offices. Call for an appointment as soon as possible if you are having any difficulty with breastfeeding.
Meet Our Lactation Consultant
Britt Sando, CD(DONA), LCCE, IBCLC has been attending births as a DONA- certified doula since 2002 and teaching childbirth classes for The Midwives of NJ since 2012. Working with people during the childbearing year has made it clear that many families are unable to achieve their breastfeeding goals, sometimes due to serious issues but also to a simple lack of information and support. Teaching breastfeeding classes, facilitating our weekly Lactation Circle, and became an IBCLC in 2018, Britt hopes to help parents have a positive experience providing optimal nutrition and bonding with their baby.
Nancy Tsen is a Certified Registered Nurse, specializing in Maternal-Newborn nursing. She has had over 11 years of experience assisting mothers, infants, and families on the start of their breastfeeding journeys. Having and overcoming her own struggles with breastfeeding propelled her to seek her certification in lactation care. She passed the exam and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2017. She started her own practice to help women with breastfeeding outside of the hospital setting. Being a client of Midwives of NJ herself, providing Lactation Support as part of the team was the perfect way to give back. Her goal is to empower women and support them along their own breastfeeding journeys.
Lisa Lederer became a midwife in 1994 and has been assisting women with breastfeeding her entire career. She has been teaching a breastfeeding class every 8 weeks since 2001. Lisa took the international lactation exam and became a board certified lactation consultant in 2012. She is passionate in her desire to see women breastfeed successfully and continues to read and study in order to increase her knowledge of lactation.