Babies are born to breastfeed, this comes naturally to them. However, this ancient art is a learned skill for many mothers. At Baby & Me Lactation Services, we are committed to offering you the best possible way to reach your breastfeeding goals.
We offer holistic (looking at the big picture), personalized, and detailed consultations at your home, in our clinic or hospitals around Howard, Parts of, Baltimore, Ann Arundel and Montgomery Counties, since 2006. We are proud to follow the ILCA's 2015 Strategic Map in our practice as our guide.
Here is Ann's personal statement about her practice
I am a holistic practitioner who uses evidence-based science as her foundation. I believe it is my job to not only to help to establish good lactation relationship between the baby (ies) and the new family but to also make sure the whole process of lactation (from pregnancy or induction to weaning and sometimes further) is enjoyable for all the family. What I aim to offer is helping the new parents gain the confidence to adjust the life with the new baby while addressing the breastfeeding/chest-feeding and lactation issues that may arise during this relationship. My job is to give you evidence-based information, so you can make educated decisions for your family’s needs. The help may have been needed from the first moment you found out about your baby to breastfeeding your toddler and anything and anytime in between.
Lactation and breastfeeding both are natural processes like breathing and walking but just like those it needs to be learned, practiced correctly to make it something you do without paying an awfully lot of attention. In lucky circumstances, you learn this from your own community as a young child watching while your own mother, relatives or neighbours breastfeed. But if you grew-up in a community where breastfeeding wasn't the norm, this new skill can be a little harder to adjust.
This is where the IBCLC comes to help; answer your questions, point out if there are any medical reasons why breastfeeding is not working (both mother and/or baby related) or even any emotional issues that needs to be worked on to establish a better lactation relationship. When I work with you and your family, I would like to communicate closely with all your healthcare professionals. This would be from your physician, midwife, to your chiropractor to your herbalist or acupuncturist as I believe every one of us brings an answer to another piece of the puzzle (as you know, human beings are complex beings) to give the optimal start to your lactation relationship, also the life of your baby and serve your family fully.