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World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2020

World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2021, is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanize action on themes related to breastfeeding. The 2021 theme is “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.”

According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), breastfeeding is a universal solution that gives everyone a fair start in life and has the foundation for good health and survival of children and parents. WABA is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding worldwide.

WABA’s goal is to achieve a world where breastfeeding is the cultural norm, where parents and families are enabled to feed and care optimally for their infants and young children thus contributing to a just and healthy society.

As reported in the Lancet Series on Breastfeeding, 2016, scaling up breastfeeding can prevent 20,000 maternal deaths, 823,000 child deaths, and $300 billion in economic losses annually. The series further declared that genuine and urgent commitment is needed from governments and health authorities to establish a new normal where every parent can expect to breastfeed and receive support to do so.

On a national level, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) officially declared on August 6, 2011, that August is National Breastfeeding Month. According to the USBC, in recognition of National Breastfeeding Month, each year the USCB hosts a social media advocacy and/or outreach campaign inviting breastfeeding coalitions, member/partner organizations, and individual supporters to join online actions and conversations to build support for the policy and practice changes needed to build a “landscape of breastfeeding support.”

In our efforts to support the endeavors of the USBC, for the month of August and every day of the year, including holidays, Nest Collaborative offers online breastfeeding support to all parents, new and experienced.

How can online breastfeeding support help you?

Whether you’re a new parent, or you’re having another baby, online breastfeeding support is available via telehealth.

Nest Collaborative is a collection of International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) who provide lactation counseling services via telehealth. Since 2018, we have been conducting online, video appointments (telehealth) to help guide parents through their breastfeeding journeys.

Amanda Gorman, the Founder, is a mother of two and a Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She founded Nest Collaborative after experiencing the lack of available resources for nursing parents both professionally in her primary care practice and personally, as a mother who struggled to breastfeed.

Amanda brings a passion to Nest Collaborative to expand access to lactation counseling services via telehealth–breastfeeding support that is accessible, affordable, and preventive.

Access to Care for All Parents

Telehealth helps us expand access to care for all parents. We offer

  • On-Demand, Virtual Appointments Within 24 Hours
  • Scheduled Virtual Appointments 7 days/week, Including Evenings
  • Board-Certified Experts
  • 100% Insurance Coverage
  • Breastfeeding Support for Twins and Multiples
  • Breastfeeding Support in Spanish (Hablamos Espanol)

Lactation counseling has never been more convenient. You can have live, on-demand video visits with a consultant of your choice.

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What are the benefits of online breastfeeding support?

We’re all parents who have breastfed and understand the challenges. We’re here to offer you the best evidence-based advice, support, and guidance to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. We advocate for what you want and work closely with your primary care team to provide you with the best breastfeeding support you need.

What kind of online breastfeeding support do you offer?

At Nest Collaborative we offer online breastfeeding support in several areas, including but not limited to:

Breastfeeding Education

Breastfeeding Education emphasizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding and educates parents on how their bodies make milk, what is in their milk, and explains what “latching on” means in reference to breastfeeding.

What are some good resources for breastfeeding education?

There are many good resources for breastfeeding education. For your convenience, we put together our own list of resources for moms–great books on the subject of breastfeeding.

Prenatal Planning for Breastfeeding

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Prenatal Planning for Breastfeeding discusses the benefits of prenatal education for breastfeeding, helping parents to prepare for breastfeeding from the time before baby’s birth to after baby’s birth. Our lactation counseling services via telemedicine include such topics as:

  • Guidance for parents about anticipated situations and signs of effective breastfeeding or breastfeeding problems.
  • The benefits of breastfeeding to parents, babies, and society.
  • Correct positioning to help the infant latch on to the breast effectively.
  • Specific needs in the early days of breastfeeding.
  • Resources that are available to help with problems.
  • Common fears, concerns, problems, and myths. This includes recent concerns about COVID-19 and breastfeeding.


COVID-19 and Breastfeeding

The latest advice coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding breastfeeding and the coronavirus is as follows:

Risks to the pregnancy and to the baby

  • Pregnant people have had a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza.
  • It is always important for pregnant people to protect themselves from illnesses.

Parent-to-child transmission

  • Parent-to-child transmission of coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely, but after birth, a newborn is susceptible to person-to-person spread.
  • A very small number of babies have tested positive for the virus shortly after birth. However, it is unknown if these babies got the virus before or after birth.
  • The virus has not been detected in amniotic fluid, breast milk, or other maternal samples.

Breastfeeding if you have COVID-19

  • Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition for most infants.
  • You, along with your family and healthcare providers, should decide whether and how to start or continue breastfeeding
  • In limited studies, COVID-19 has not been detected in breast milk; however, we do not know for sure whether parents with COVID-19 can spread the virus via breast milk.
  • If you are sick and choose to direct breastfeed:
    • Wear a facemask and wash your hands before each feeding.
  • If you are sick and choose to express breast milk:
    • Use a provided, dedicated breast pump.
    • Express breast milk to establish and maintain milk supply.
    • Wash hands before touching any pump or bottle parts and before expressing breast milk.
    • Follow recommendations for proper pump cleaning after each use, cleaning all parts that come into contact with breast milk.
    • Consider having someone who is well, feed the expressed breast milk to the infant.


From the time period spanning childbirth to the onset of labor through the delivery of the placenta, intrapartum breastfeeding education includes the following:

  • Immediate issues such as correct latch and positioning.
  • Adequate milk removal.
  • Stability of the infant.
  • Comfort of the parent.
  • Concerns of parents and family members.
  • Referrals for postpartum support.
  • Signs of success or potential problems in the first few days after hospital discharge.

If you are looking for prenatal planning support for breastfeeding, our board-certified lactation consultants at Nest Collaborative can help. Most commercial health insurance plans will cover a prenatal visit with our team. We’ll confirm this prior to your visit.

Our expert team provides lactation support for prenatal and postpartum parents, during any stage from beginning to end.

Breastfeeding Tips

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Good breastfeeding tips can help you meet your breastfeeding goals successfully. Here you can learn what makes a good latch, see different breastfeeding holds, and find out how to tell if your baby is getting enough breast milk. You will also learn tips to read your baby’s cues for when he or she is ready to eat and learn what to expect during the First Week Feeds.

This valuable section also addresses some Frequently Asked Questions, such as:

  1. How often should you breastfeed your baby?
  2. How long should a breastfeeding session last?
  3. How do you know if your baby is getting enough milk?
  4. How much do babies typically eat?

Our consultants are all board-certified and have the skill and experience to offer breastfeeding tips on any feeding and supply concern you may have. Ultimately, our goal is to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.

Balancing Life with Breastfeeding

Balancing life with breastfeeding may have its challenges, but having early access to resources offers the needed support and guidance.

Having a new baby and learning to breastfeed takes time, so it is important for new parents to take care of themselves. Try to listen to your body so that you can tell when stress is affecting your health.

In this section, we discuss self-care tips, and concerns about Breastfeeding in Public, Supplementation, Pumping and Storing Breast Milk, Pumping Your Breast Milk, including How to Pump. Here there is a great source of information to help parents through their breastfeeding journeys, including Return-to-Work Challenges after Family Leave.

If you are looking for help with balancing life while breastfeeding, our lactation consultants at Nest Collaborative can help.



Breastfeeding Support for Parents and Parents-to-Be

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How It Works

Visit our website at www.nestcollaborative.com to schedule your lactation counseling session via telehealth. Just click on Book Now in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage to get started.

The process is very simple.

SCHEDULE AN 
APPOINTMENT

Pick your preferred date and time. You’ll receive an email confirmation and an invitation to complete your registration.

PREPARE FOR
  YOUR CALL

Our team will confirm your insurance information. All you have to do is find a well-lit and comfortable space with a good WiFi connection.

CREATE A
    PLAN

We’ll address the concerns you identify as most important and create a plan that works for you. We’ll collaborate with your primary care team to keep everyone in the loop.

Check Out Our Patient Testimonials

  • To have almost instant assistance from someone so knowledgeable
    was invaluable for me. I used many of the tips and tricks I learned on
    the call to breastfeed more efficiently. Ultimately, this service
    resulted in my breastfeeding longer than anticipated. The follow-up
    from my consultant was an added bonus.

    CLIENT

  • My lactation consultation appointments were extremely helpful and
    provided more support than I ever imagined and made me feel
    better about decision-making skills as a first-time mom. To this day
    four months later, I am still practicing the advice and general new
    mom life skills I gained from my lactation consultant appointment.
    Overall, I had a really positive experience!

    CLIENT

  • I had been breastfeeding fairly easily for 2-3 months when my
    daughter all of a sudden began to scream and pull off the breast.
    Having just moved and being unfamiliar with my pediatrician and
    being a PNP myself I found your services and was so pleased. She
    listened to my concerns, watched my daughter feed, identified the
    issues, and gave me some tips to help! It was so convenient and
    supportive! I’ve recommended to all my patients and fellow PNPs
    if they don’t have an IBCLC in the office (and even if they do lol)

    Rachael F.

  • Ryan was an amazing help with my breastfeeding needs. She was
    very knowledgeable and professional and gave me support and
    confidence to continue to breastfeed my baby girl (still
    breastfeeding at 11 months!)

    Rachel H.

  • I sought out advice for breastfeeding-related issues w my second
    child and Nest Collaborative really came to the rescue. Thank you.
    What I’d like to add is that I wish someone (my midwife, etc.) had
    told me before having the second baby never to take breastfeeding
    for granted. I had no issues nursing my first child and assumed there
    would be no problems w my supply for the second child. I don’t
    think this had to happen to me if I’d pumped after nursing and/or
    nursed on demand for my second child. Basically, had I had the
    information, I feel like I would’ve avoided a lot of heartache and
    depression. Just a thought. I hope my experience can help others.
    Thank you again!

    Tamar M.

  • While breastfeeding my second child in 2 years I thought I would
    have more confidence but unfortunately due to lack of support from
    his pediatrician, I felt myself doubting my ability as I did with my
    first. Upon find Nest Collaborative and utilizing their services it has
    made me confident as a breastfeeding mother. I am now 7 months
    strong with exclusively breastfeeding and intend on continuing our
    journey.

    Marisa S.

  • Nest services answered my request for an appointment right away.
    My lactation consultant was very supportive and encouraging. I felt
    less discouraged after speaking with her.

    CLIENT

  • Excellent support, discussed a variety of issues which helped me understand everything.

    Argine C.

  • Both lactation consultants I worked with were excellent. They were
    both Extremely Knowledgeable, friendly and full of useful
    information. This service really helped me get past several hurdles I
    was having with breastfeeding. It was also wonderful that I was able
    to book my first session with such short notice and speak with a
    consultant the very next day. This service was covered by my
    insurance when no other lactation consultants were. And I’m so glad
    I had this available to me as an option…it was such a big help with
    this very important thing…breastfeeding!.

    Danielle C.

  • I had a great experience with Nest lactation consultants! The
    consultant listened to my needs and gave me an individual plan to
    achieve my goals. My goal is to get baby to return to breastfeeding
    after having been bottle-fed. Me and my baby have already made
    some progress after just the first appointment. I am hopeful that
    with a few more sessions we can achieve my goal!

    Brianna J.

  • Rachel S.

    My consultant was very down to earth and knowledgeable. I feel
    equipped as a first time mom and learned new things! It was a great
    consult!

    – Rachel

  • Sarah N.

    I just want to say thank you for providing such a great platform to
    help women with their breastfeeding journey. I am expecting and
    have been having some anxiety but I had a meeting with Lori today
    and she helped so much! I can’t wait to share everything I learned
    with my husband. I already have a post-partum appointment set for
    May 18th!

    – Sarah

  • Sarah B.

    I cannot say how wonderful this consult was. I felt heard and
    increased my confidence and knowledge.

    – Sarah

  • Kara P.

    I loved my consultant! She was so kind – listening to my past
    breastfeeding experience and offering great advice for my next
    baby. She made me feel very comfortable! I look forward to meeting
    with her again after my baby arrives.

    – Kara

  • Meredith T.

    Sandy and Julie were amazing! They made me feel so much more
    comfortable and confident with the prospect of breastfeeding. It
    It helped ease some of those preconceptions about what
    breastfeeding is supposed to be like. It was awesome. Breastfeeding
    is real life. it’s messy, it’s emotional, it’s stressful, but it’s rewarding
    and fantastic all at the same time. Felt very conversational but still
    really informative which I liked.

    – Meredith

  • Mackenzie W.

    LaShanda has been so helpful with my breastfeeding journey. She
    gives great advice and teaches me new things every call. She is very
    supportive and never judgmental and also gives me other great
    resources to reference for more knowledge. I don’t know what I
    would have done without her these past 7 weeks! I feel like my
    breastfeeding journey has been so positive thanks to her help and
    guidance.

    – Mackenzie

  • Arshdeep G.

    Lori was an amazing listener. She encouraged me to keep trying to
    breastfeed my baby. I absolutely love her recommendations. She is
    very knowledgeable, thoughtful, empathetic. I highly recommend
    her.

    – Arshdeep

  • Carley M.

    Sandy was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I immediately felt
    at ease when we joined the call and my husband and I feel very
    confident in our feeding plan after speaking with her.

    – Carley

  • Trisha G.

    Aimbriel is great. She answers all my questions and more. She gives
    me more confidence in the direction I’m going with breastfeeding
    and meeting my baby’s nutritional needs during this first year of life.
    I’m a first time parent so these visits have helped a lot!

    – Trisha

  • Sarah D.

    It was a wonderful experience and she was very caring and
    compassionate! Made me feel that I was doing a great job and
    doing well! And it WORKED!! Helped me breastfeed my baby during
    engorgement when baby couldn’t latch.

    – Sarah

Conclusion

In support of the WABA’s goal to achieve a world where breastfeeding is the cultural norm, and where we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2020 alongside our partners, we are steadfastly committed to offering new and experienced parents continued online breastfeeding support 24/7.

We further recognize that on a national level, August is National Breastfeeding Month, and throughout the month we will continue our outreach campaign to join online actions and conversations to build support for the policy and practice changes needed to build a “landscape of breastfeeding support.”

If you are a new or experienced parent in need of online breastfeeding support, schedule your appointment now. If you don’t see a time that works for you, we are happy to find one that does. For after-hour appointments, give us a call at (888) 598-1554.

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