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 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, CNM, IBCLC which is free to our clients
- Helping and preparing women to have a natural birth which highly 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 counseling with no out-of-pocket costs to our own clients and for a reasonable fee to others seeking lactation support
Meet Our Lactation Consultant
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.