Breastfeeding is not only the best nutrition for baby its is also a way for mother and baby and family to bond, and  supplies mother and baby with numerous health advantages.  The Growing Place will connect you to board certified IBCLC lactation consultants who can work with you, your family and your baby to support your breastfeeding relationship.   

We now offer appointments on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm and Sundays from 9-11am with Amy. To learn more about Amy and her variety of services, please visit her website!

Did you know that your visit may be covered by your health insurance? Some insurance companies cover 6 visits or more to help ensure a solid breastfeeding relationship!

 

Lactation Consultations:

This consult will take place in our office privately with an IBCLC. During this visit, all of your concerns and questions can be addressed.   Review of relevant  medical history, breast examination, infant feeding evaluation and weight check, individualized care plan, physician post-visit report and limited followup are typically included in this type of visit. Consultations for support with weaning, returning to work, and relactating also available.

 

Classes:

We offer 4 different classes to help you prepare for your breastfeeding relationship.

Prenatal Breastfeeding: This 2 hour class covers everything you will need to know to start a beautiful breastfeeding relationship. Topics include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of breastfeeding
  • Newborn characteristics and nursing patterns
  • Latch techniques and nursing positions
  • Understanding when baby is getting enough
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Basics on pumping, breastmilk storage and introducing bottles

Returning to Work Breastfeeding Classes: This 2 hours course is meant to supplement an already established breastfeeding relationship, and is geared toward moms returning to work and looking to keep up this breastfeeding relationship. Topics include:

  • Building a reserve of breastmilk, including safe storage practices
  • Overcoming logistical challenges in your workplace
  • Pumping techniques, including pump recommendations
  • Keeping up your supply
  • How to manage the impact on baby and mom during the transition back to work
  • Managing the milk you leave for baby: how much to leave, instructions to give the baby's care provider
  • Open Q&A to address any specific circumstances not covered in the class content.

Breastfeeding for Multiples Intensive: This class is intended to supplement the Prenatal Breastfeeding class for first time moms that are expecting multiples, or for a mother who has already successfully breastfed an older child and is preparing for multiples. Topics include:

  • Breastfeeding positions for two babies
  • Building and maintaining supply for more than one
  • Unique infant feeding concerns for premature babies
  • Discussion about the pros and cons of scheduling feeding sessions/feeding in tandem or one at a time
  • Keeping mom healthy: understanding calorie and fluid intake needs when nursing multiples
  • Open Q&A to address any specific circumstances not covered in the class content.

Breastfeeding for Professionals: This class is intended for birth professionals including nurses, pediatricians, obstetricians, lactation counselors, birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, nurse educators and anyone else that interacts with the mother-baby dyad.

 

Our Lactation Professionals  

Amy Nansteel, MA, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

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Amy is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with a Masters Degree in Health and Wellness with a specialty in human lactation, from Union Institute & University.  The focus of her research was on discovering which elements of breastfeeding education for perinatal healthcare practitioners positively affected exclusive breastfeeding rates, and developing a core academic program that reflected the results. 

Amy decided to shift the focus of her career from psychology to maternal/child health after becoming disheartened with the lack of breastfeeding support and resources in her community.  She currently works in private practice for Mahala Lactation & Perinatal Services, LLC and provides comprehensive prenatal and postpartum home visits to mothers in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas as well as breastfeeding classes. In addition, she travels PA state-wide educating physicians and other healthcare professions about breastfeeding through a program developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the PA Department of Health. She is a volunteer WIC peer breastfeeding counselor, and a member of the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition. She is helping to improve opportunities for breastfeeding mothers in her area by creating and expanding resources, and facilitating hospital policy change. She lives in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, with her husband and four breastfed children.

 

Breastfeeding class (2 hours, plus a question & answer session)

In-depth prenatal class that outlines the basics you need to know about breastfeeding, including:

·         Anatomy and physiology of lactation

·         Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby

·         Identifying early hunger cues

·         Normal newborn behavior

·         Establishing and maintaining a good milk supply

·         Positioning and latch

·         Signs of effective feeding

·         Breastfeeding myths

·         Breastfeeding challenges

·         Special circumstances (multiples, adoption, medications, contraindications, etc.)

·         Milk expression and breast pumps

·         Safe milk storage

·         Returning to work

·         Breastfeeding laws and rights

 …and goes beyond to help you better understand what breastfeeding  products and tools may be helpful, navigating baby wearing and breastfeeding, ways to develop your network of breastfeeding support before baby comes, preparing for and owning your birth, understanding common challenges that can occur in the first few days/weeks and how to get the best outcome, a comprehensive resource guide, and a question and answer session.

 

Angela Quinn- International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Please visit My Website for more information

Professional:

I am an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  If you don’t know what an IBCLC is, click here to read about it: What is an IBCLC.  I went through the training and certification process to become an IBCLC after about almost a decade of helping mothers to breastfeed, first informally and then as a  La Leche League  Leader.  I have a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Michigan and am currently pursuing my MBA through DeSales University.

Special Expertise:

Although I provide general breastfeeding support and consultation, I have special interest/experience (and in some cases additional formal training) in the following areas:

  • Twins/Multiples (I breastfed my own twins!)
  • Allergies
  • Working and breastfeeding
  • Pumping support
  • Tongue-tie (Ankyloglossia)

My Philosophy:

In addition to my IBCLC training, my own experiences have been widely varied enough to give me an appreciation for the ineffectiveness of a one-size-fits-all approach to breastfeeding support.  I believe in treating each mother-baby dyad as an unique pair.  I believe in respecting each mother’s needs and desires and empowering her to achieve her own goals.  I believe that every baby is different and every baby deserves to be cared for by a healthy, happy mother.

Personal:

I have four beautiful (I think so), lovely (most of the time), challenging (always) children who keep me on my toes.  I have an older boy, a younger girl and a set of twins in the middle. In my spare time (yes, that was sarcastic), I like to read, write and run, and I coach my kids’ youth wrestling team.  Breastfeeding and parenting my own children has taught me much, and constantly reminds me that I never stop learning.  I did not have a perfect breastfeeding journey, and the obstacles I overcame made me passionate about helping other mothers to reach their own goals