After leaving the hospital, infant feeding issues often arise unexpectedly. Try not to wait until it becomes a problem and check in with our lactation specialist within the first week or two.
Schedule your postpartum lactation visit (covered by most insurance) by calling 770-521-2229.
The 24 hour helpline is available for urgent breastfeeding needs. Try to schedule an in-office visit during business hours if possible, but use the 24-hour hotline if you need immediate help. Our lactation consultant will assist you and make a recommendation for an office visit or in-home consultation if necessary. We try to reserve this helpline for moms who have not yet had assistance and need help unexpectedly. If you have already met with our lactation consultant, please use the contact information she provides to contact her or the office during business hours.
24 hour helpline – 678-834-9044
Please see the calendar below for FREE support groups and classes held in Roswell and Grant Park. Also, schedule your postpartum lactation clinic visit for breastfeeding success, covered by most insurances.
While all NILE midwives are Certified Lactation Counselors, we also provide additional prenatal and postpartum lactation support from a specialized Certified Lactation Counselor. This service is an essential part of postpartum care for both first time and experienced mothers. NILE lactation support services include:
Nile recommends that all mothers receive a postpartum consult with the lactation consultant.
Most insurances including medicaid, cover lactation visits.
Nile Women’s HealthCare holds a monthly breastfeeding support group that is moderated by a CLC. Topics vary and questions are always welcome. The group is primarily mothers and babies. Fathers, grandparents, siblings, and others are always welcome.
“I greatly rely on my own experience with breastfeeding my four children over a year each, as a foundation for helping families achieve their breastfeeding goals.” – Sekesa
Sekesa Berry is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), accredited through the Academy of Lactation and Policy Practices. She worked over three and a half years counseling, teaching and supporting families as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. She is currently contracted as at Lactation Consultant for both Ob/Gyn and Midwifery practices. Her knowledge and experience of breastfeeding support are essential for correcting issues that may arise during the postpartum period. She has extensive experience with helping families to overcome breastfeeding challenges such as:
Numerous studies show that peer support is one of the greatest predictors for breastfeeding mothers in meeting their goals, whatever those goals may be. This group supports breastfeeding families of all kinds: exclusive breastfeeding, breast and formula combo feeding, complimentary
feeding, full term and toddler nursing, pumping moms, and everything in between. This group gives families a safe space to share their experiences from preconception to weaning and beyond. Mothers who are having breastfeeding concerns can have questions answered by the group. This group is also a great place to get first hand recommendations on services in our community for family wellness. Pregnant women are encouraged to attend as well. A trained LC will be present to moderate.
Is Nursing Your Baby Instinctive?
Many mothers say they plan to nurse because it is the “natural” choice. While human milk is the biologically normal and optimal food for human babies, the act of breastfeeding is not an instinctive behavior in mothers. It’s a learned behavior and acquired skill.
Animal studies show that big primate brains are designed for learning and developing complex social networks. Multiple accounts of primates in captivity describe gorilla and chimp mothers who did not nurse their first babies. A gorilla at the Ohio Zoo is famous for learning to nurse her second child by watching nursing human mothers.
So what does this mean for human mothers? We need experienced nursing mothers to support us in our nursing journey.
Breastfeeding classes, nursing mother support groups, and a health care team that truly supports breastfeeding are keys to success for first time mothers. Nile is happy to include veteran breastfeeding mothers as part of the midwifery team. Additionally, breastfeeding classes are taught in house office by a Certified Lactation Counselor and nursing mother.