Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support at Parentwood

Most women who stop breastfeeding in the early weeks would have been able to succeed if only they had the right advice and support. Many do not realize that help is actually available, or end up following wrong advice from friends, family and healthcare professionals.At Parentwood we are passionate about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding carry many benefits for both mother and baby. Although there may be some difficulty in the beginning, the long term rewards of persevering will make it all worthwhile.

Common breastfeeding questions and concerns can be addressed at our weekly Mom’s Mornings and in our consultations. Our practice also has a certified lactation consultant as well as a student lactation consultant who can assist mothers needing more in-depth and specialized assessment and support.

Read more on our other breastfeeding initiatives below. For queries or to make a booking, contact Christine Klynhans on 072 490 7386.

Breastfeeding consultations:

If you suspect that you are not managing well, see help as early as possible. This service includes:

  • A thorough history taking of mom and baby to identify possible causes of problems
  • Examination of mom’s breasts and nipples
  • A general physical examination of baby, including baby’s weight and the anatomy of baby’s mouth
  • Assessment of baby’s latch and how well baby is drinking
  • Assistance in establishing a proper milk supply
  • Advice on managing sore nipples, engorgement and other difficulties
  • Advice on general breastfeeding queries eg how to know baby is drinking enough, diet while breastfeeding, colic and crying, sleep, a realistic breastfeeding routine and long-term breastfeeding goals
  • Referral to other healthcare professionals where necessary

Parentwood Breast Pump Demo Centre:

Expressing breast milk allows mothers to continue breastfeeding when they are unable to put baby onto the breast directly for whichever reason. Many women consider this option when going back to work. Your expressing success is to a large degree dependent on a good quality breast pump. But these are expensive and the same pump won’t work for all mothers. We offer expert advice on expressing and the opportunity to test a variety of breast pumps before deciding which one to purchase. Visit www.allthingsbreastfeeding.co.za for more information.

Breastfeeding Workshops:

We have two breastfeeding workshops presented on a monthly basis.

  • Antenatal workshop – Our Antenatal Workshop also addresses the start of breastfeeding, and is worth attending to help you prepare for labour, birth and the early weeks of motherhood.
  • Going Back to Work and Breastfeeding – Many women would like to continue breastfeeding when their maternity leave is over, but feel so overwhelmed by this seemingly impossible task that they don’t try. Yet with the right tools and information it is not nearly as difficult as you may think. This workshop covers it all, from choosing a breast pump to storing milk and knowing how much milk to leave for your baby. Give it a try! You may just surprise yourself.