After the OBC training I am now better able to recognize breastfeeding challenges before they spiral and become bigger. And when I need to refer to a care provider and/or an IBCLC, I know more about what clients can expect when they call or go to a clinic.”
Miranda Welch, professional Birth Doula in Madison, WI.
Professional Birth Doula
I use the skills I learned at the training a lot. I use them when talking with my clients prenatally about breastfeeding—talking about their goals, expectations, wishes, fears, all of the above. I also use it immediately after the baby is born, supporting them when they bond with their babies in those first moments and develop their nursing relationship. And I also use them for postpartum visits. I meet with them postpartum after their milk has come in and I am able to observe them breastfeeding, answer any questions, and address any concerns that they are having. And help them trouble shoot and/or triage if necessary and give them multiple ideas for moving forward in their breastfeeding relationship. I am able to help them feel confident in their breastfeeding relationship and pay attention to potential challenges and then address them appropriately before they spiral, which, I think, is huge for me as a professional and them as growing families. I am now better able to recognize those challenges before they spiral and become bigger. And when I need to refer to a care provider and/or an IBCLC, I know more about what clients can expect when they call or go to a clinic.
The Breastfeeding Champion Training does include a lot of triage training, which is absolutely helpful in navigating a lot of early breastfeeding challenges with families. And I would say that overall the training is definitely aimed at medical providers like nurses and public health people, and it is certainly clinical in parts so there were things that were covered in the training like medications, galactagogues, different medical advice and even diagnoses that are beyond my scope of practice entirely. But those aspects of the training gave me more information than I would have gotten otherwise, particularly from trainings that are aimed at doulas. Those are elements that you don’t normally get at doula trainings. And I feel that gave me the element of anticipatory guidance when working with families. It is a lot easier to support a breastfeeding family with that knowledge and anticipatory guidance just as it is when I am supporting birthing families. As a doula I appreciated getting that information. As I said, I feel so much more confident supporting breastfeeding families as a result.