Devices that can help with breastfeeding

La Leche League Leader Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, shares advice for nursing mothers on the best tools and devices that can facilitate breastfeeding
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Devices that can help with breastfeeding

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For generations the women that have come before us have breastfed effectively with no paraphernalia. We wouldn’t be here if they hadn’t figured out how to do that. But today’s mom, because there is so much available on the retail market for breastfeeding moms, they worry they need to stock up on things before the baby is born. What I advise moms is to wait and see after the baby is born what that baby might need and then go out and get it. If you’re a big leaker and wake up in a pool of milk every night, then you need some breast pads, but you don’t necessarily need to fully stock up on them before the baby comes. You probably want to have a couple of nursing bras available but again, your size will change dramatically over the first few months after the baby is born so wait and see what you need. And the best thing that you can do is to enlist a friend or a family member who’s going to help you after the baby is born who could run to the pharmacy or run to a store to pick up the items that you might need and support you so that you can stay home with your baby while somebody else is running those errands and getting that stuff for you.


La Leche League Leader Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, shares advice for nursing mothers on the best tools and devices that can facilitate breastfeeding

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Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, CD

La Leche League Leader

Nicole Peluso, IBCLC, CD, has been a lactation consultant and La Leche League Leader since 1997 in Los Angeles and Connecticut. La Leche League is a non-profit organization that serves as the foremost authority on breastfeeding issues throughout the world. Nicole earned her lactation certification from the International Board of Lactation Examiners and earned her doula training through the National Midwifery Institute. She holds a BA in English from Boston College with a concentration in Women’s Studies, studied literature at l'Universite Paris-Sorbonne, and spent her college summers working as a paralegal in a Connecticut law firm.

She has assisted thousands of mothers on their birth and motherhood journeys. She is regularly asked to speak to large groups on parenting issues. Recent speaking engagements include Los Angeles County Health Services, Los Angeles and Culver City Unified School Districts, The Maple Counseling Center Beverly Hills, Los Angeles City College, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, and The Los Angeles Airforce Base. She has also been interviewed in a nationally televised segment by Katie Couric on the benefits of co-sleeping with your baby. Nicole is the mother of three children whom she breastfed and parented with attachment parenting techniques. Nicole runs her private lactation practice through The Sanctuary Birth and Family Wellness Center in Los Angeles and her private doula practice through The WOMB in Mar Vista.

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