happy, healthy breastfeed baby
No pain or exhaustion required
When breastfeeding goes poorly, it’s frustrating and exhausting, but you don’t have to go through that.
GET YOUR BREASTFEEDING
“I am so grateful to have had Melissa’s services through my first pregnancy. There were so many things I needed to prepare for but really had no clue about. Makana Breastfeeding helped make my first few weeks as a new mother so much easier with the great informational webinar and even guidance with a birth plan.
When I ran into some trouble due to having a preemie, Melissa was a great support and helped me get through some rough patches. I don’t know what I would have done without her guidance. I highly recommend Makana Breastfeeding for any new mother planning to breastfeed. No matter where your level of knowledge lies, you are guaranteed to learn more and have an amazing support network. ” Jillian
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME
Problems I can help you with:
Helping you prepare to breastfeed during with in-home breastfeeding classes and practical resources
Did you have a really rough breastfeeding experience with your 1st baby?
I can help you understand what may have happened and give you tools to help breastfeeding go much easier this time around
Engorgement, plugged ducts and mastitis, flat nipples, latching and positioning problems, sore, cracked, bleeding nipples, assess and identify tongue and lip tie, low milk supply, over supply, pumping problems, and much, much, more!!
Returning to work or school questions, bottle-feeding questions and issues, slow to gain weight issues in the older baby, starting solids, support and help when family members are not supportive of your choice to breastfeed beyond a year
How to get breastfeeding off to a good start
Best positioning and latching techniques
How to know your baby is getting enough
In-Home Breastfeeding Consult
I’ll spend 2 to 21/2 hrs with you and your baby
Watch a nursing session and make suggestions
Come up with a breastfeeding plan to help
In-Home Follow-up Consult
For clients who have taken my prenatal class
If you need extra support after your initial consult
Give yourself extra peace of mind and confidence
Skype Consultation: 60 min session
Don’t worry about where you live I can still help
Don’t keep yourself worrying and frustrated
Get answers, tools, tips, and expert suggestions
WHY IS THIS SO HARD?
Breastfeeding is definitely natural, but there is a learning curve to the whole thing. In the past we had many examples from the women in our lives showing us how to breastfeed. If we needed help an a new mom, women were around to help with all of our questions. Fast forward to today we just don’t have this community support. We don’t see breastfeeding that often. We are also bombarded with breastfeeding myths. We are told breastfeeding is supposed to hurt and how hard it is, instead of providing accurate information and helping a new mother prepare.
When you work with me, you will be working with an experienced breastfeeding mom, I struggled with my own breastfeeding problems. With my first, we had just moved to a new state and we didn’t know anyone. I really struggled with being a new mom, not knowing if what I was going through was normal. I had zero example of breastfeeding in my family and I was literally trying to survive with a very high needs baby who gained weight slowly, and nursed every hour. I was on Dr. Google all the time. I was exhausted, but REALLY wanted to make breastfeeding work!
It was when I went to my first breastfeeding support group that I realized what I was going through was normal. I learned to trust my instincts and to seek professional breastfeeding help and support from and IBCLC.
With my second baby, I felt much more confident. Breastfeeding got off to a much better start, but after about two weeks, my sweet baby boy was suffering with skin rashes, itchy eyes and nose, sneezing. I once again needed help. Once my IBCLC and I figured out the culprit, he cleared up and we got to a point where breastfeeding was actually easy. I nursed each of my kids over two years when they weaned themselves.
For many, many, years I’ve studied all things related to pregnancy, birth, babies and breastfeeding. This is my passion! I became a La Leche League Leader in 2006 and have been helping mothers and babies ever since. I’m an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) giving me an in-depth knowledge of all things breastfeeding.
I’m also trained as a TummyTime!™ Method Professional, helping your baby LOVE tummy time! The TummyTime!™ Method is wonderful in helping babies with structural issues such as torticollis, plagiocephaly (Flat head), head preference, oral restrictions (tongue and lip tie) and feeding issues. TummyTime!™ can even help your baby breastfeed better!
WHAT IS AN IBCLC? “An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is the only internationally recognized health care professional who specializes in lactation care.” “As a clinical expert in the management of breastfeeding and human lactation, the IBCLC is trained to counsel mothers and families on initiation, exclusivity, and duration of breastfeeding, and to assist amidst any difficulties or high-risk situations. IBCLCs are sensitive to and support the needs of mothers, infants, children, and various family structures in working toward breastfeeding goals (IBLCE, 2003, 2008; ILCA, 2006).”
MELISSA PREITAUER, IBCLC, RLC
Elmhurst, IL 60126
JUST SOME OF THE CHICAGO ILLINOIS SUBURBS I SERVE:
Elmhurst, Warrenville, Lisle, Winfield, Woodridge, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Naperville, Joliet, Oswego, Plainfield, West Chicago, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Aurora, North Aurora, Glendale Heights, Addison, Lombard, Hinsdale, Schaumburg, and all surrounding areas.