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Breastfeeding Support

An enjoyable breastfeeding relationship has many benefits for both the baby and the breastfeeding parent. Many new parents set out hoping or assuming it will be simple to achieve their feeding goals.

Breastfeeding can be a special time of falling in love and bonding with your baby, relaxing, and helping your body to recover from pregnancy and birth. Not to mention saving money!

While breastfeeding may come easily at first to many new baby and parent dyads, there can often be bumps or challenges along the way as the baby matures. Many other families experience intense challenges in the first days and weeks after birth establishing their breastfeeding relationship. As with any relationship between two people, there is often regular negotiation between participants, and challenges that need to be addressed. Similar to birth, it’s hard to predict how a breastfeeding relationship will go. There can be challenges on each side of the relationship for mom or baby to overcome.

Benefits of breastfeeding


  • Gives immune protection to the baby, including antibodies or pathogens that the breastfeeding parent has been exposed to
  • Supports cognitive development with essential fatty acids
  • Decreased risk of cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia
  • Decreased risk of type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Decreased risk of allergic diseases – dermatitis, seasonal allergies, asthma, eczema, etc.
  • The act of breastfeeding helps in the development of the jaw, hard palate, eustachian tube and tongue leading to a decreased incidence of ear infections and dental cavities.
  • Helps babies learn to self regulate their milk intake, decreasing risk of obesity
  • Reduces risk of SIDS


  • Reduces maternal risk of cancer, particularly breast and ovarian
  • Decreases risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Decreases risk of osteoporosis
  • Helps with child spacing by acting as a natural birth control (Lactational Amenorrhea Method – LAM)
  • Provides a sense of empowerment and accomplishment
  • Facilitates healthy attachment between parent and baby
  • Eliminates the financial expense of formula (generally a few thousand dollars per child per year)

Parents and babies can still enjoy the benefits of a breastfeeding relationship even if it is a part-time feeding solution.

Combined breast and formula feeding

We should be grateful that the option to use formula is available, and that so much progress has been made to optimize formula ingredients and recipes. For many families formula is the only option or the best choice given their circumstances.

Where there is a choice it is important to be informed of the risks and benefits of each option. While formula is a safe and effective way to feed a baby, current ingredients, recipes, preparation, and feeding methods do not replicate the benefits of breastmilk, and there are added risks to using formula (as there are with any type of medicine).

If possible, even a part time breastfeeding relationship can provide many additional benefits to both the parent and baby. Figuring out the right balance for your family is a personal choice, but it doesn't have to be done alone.

Feeding your baby can be an intense, emotionally and physically challenging experience. Trying to push through isn’t necessary when help is available.

Your breastfeeding goals are achievable.

A single home visit from a breastfeeding educator may be all that you need to find comfort and confidence in your breastfeeding relationship.

A little professional support is often all that is needed!

Breastfeeding education and support includes these unique features to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals!

  • In home visit(s) – you don’t have to pack up a newborn (or any older siblings) and go anywhere.
  • Hands on support and education
  • Up to date, evidence based information
  • Timely and appropriate referrals to local resources, support, and other lactation or postpartum professionals
  • An opportunity to debrief your birth and/or breastfeeding experience to a non-judgemental professional
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Feel accomplished and empowered by knowing that you and your baby are both doing well and on the right track to achieve your breastfeeding goals!

Your baby feeding goals are attainable. Breastfeeding Educator home visits are $49.

Kisti thomas ring doula

Hi! My name is Kisti Thomas-Ring and I am a Maternal Support Practitioner…

In addition to being a professionally trained Breastfeeding Educator, I am also a Birth and Postpartum Doula and Infant Sleep Educator, so when you hire me as your Breastfeeding Educator I inevitably bring this knowledge and perspective with me to our visits.

In September 2015 I brought my son into the world. While our family experienced unexpected circumstances during my birth and several persistent and uncommonly difficult breastfeeding challenges in the first weeks of his life, I was fortunate to have the support I needed to look back at it as a positive, empowering experience. I was able to achieve most of my breastfeeding goals.

Before he was born I was certainly aware that many parents and babies experience breastfeeding challenges, and that the relationship is not always easy to establish and maintain, but feeding our son in those early postpartum weeks was unexpectedly challenging, exhausting, and at times physically painful.

Every two to three hours we had a feeding, supplementing with formula, pumping, and sterilising routine that could easily take 60-90 minutes or more to complete. My husband and I were so exhausted, emotional, and concerned with providing for the needs of our son that I let everything else slide. I forgot that my birth doula was still there to support me in breastfeeding and that I had a postpartum visit left. I forgot that I had made a list of local breastfeeding resources. I wasn’t sure what was normal and what wasn’t when it came to feeding my son, or if he was getting enough food.

I don’t think it’s possible to really understand what breastfeeding and the postpartum transition is like until you’ve been through it. Even if you’re not a first time parent, no two babies, births, or breastfeeding relationships are the same. You can get countless pieces of wisdom and advice from friends, family, and strangers (solicited and unsolicited), but it’s impossible to know what breastfeeding challenges your new family will face after your birth experience and as you move into new parenthood.

Accessing timely and professionally trained breastfeeding support can help you to achieve your breastfeeding goals and have the breastfeeding relationship you dreamed of having with your baby.

Here’s what’s included in a breastfeeding support home visit:

When we schedule your home visit we will identify the key concerns that need to be addressed.

  • We’ll talk a bit about how your birth went and if any unexpected circumstances occurred to either the birthing parent or baby – some of which can impact the ease of establishing breastfeeding and how the breastfeeding parent might be feeling about breastfeeding
  • We’ll talk about how breastfeeding (and postpartum recovery) is going in general – how the parents are feeling about the experience, what their breastfeeding goals are, and any specific issues or challenges that they are experiencing
  • Hands on support, as needed, to improve positioning, latch, management of breastfeeding sessions, and using a bottle, cup, syringe, or lactation aid, etc.
  • Breastmilk pumping/expression, handling and storage guidelines
  • Up to date, evidence based support, information, and handouts
  • Timely and appropriate referrals to other local resources, support, and other lactation or postpartum professionals

Yes! I want to improve my breastfeeding relationship and
start finding more comfort and confidence in feeding my baby!

Your baby feeding goals are attainable. Breastfeeding Educator home visits are $49.

Birth is just the beginning … the wedding, if you will.

It is so many things at oncebig, exciting, scary, overwhelming. So much time is spent on birth options, baby registries, etc. We forget that it is only the beginning of something even bigger than a few days of labour. Postpartum is when you actually get to know this new little person. You are constantly discovering what kind of parent you are, and want to be – a million big and little choices every day. It is a huge transition that can be more intense than childbirth itself, but without the team of support people that are present at the birth.

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