Nursing Mother Assist
Choosing whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is one of the first major decisions a parent will make. Whether or not to breastfeed often depends on the mother’s comfort level, lifestyle, and specific medical issues. It is a decision only you, your partner, and your medical team can make.
For those moving forward with breastfeeding, at Comprehensive EAP, breastfeeding support is just a phone call away with our Nursing Mother Assist program. Our service provides employees or their spouses consultation with an expert before and after giving birth to, or adopting, a child. Our program features telephone support with an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Support includes but is not limited to:
- Prenatal consultation about what to expect and tips for getting started breastfeeding
- Troubleshooting breastfeeding problems in the early days, or as baby ages and patterns change
- Answering questions about milk production, baby’s weight gain, and when to contact your doctor
- Advice on preparing to return to work and questions about pumping
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies are fed breastmilk for their first six months of life, and that breastfeeding continue until a year or beyond.
Some Benefits of Breastfeeding
Baby has lower risk of:
- Respiratory and gastrointestinal infections such as RSV and diarrhea
- Asthma and type 2 diabetes
- Ear infections
Mother has lower risk of:
- Breast and ovarian cancers
- High blood pressure and type 2 diabetes