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If you are looking for one of the best lactation consultants in Northern Virginia, keep reading! I had the chance to connect with Amy Tanzilla from Thrive Breastfeeding to find out more about her business and what moms-to-be can expect! Take a peek at the interview below!
After having three kids in 39 months, babies & breastfeeding were my thing. I started the IBCLC certification process shortly after I had my third child. Certification requirements are grueling – courses, 500 (mostly unpaid) clinical hours, and passing the board exam. I spent countless weekends at Sibley Memorial Hospital, The Breastfeeding Center, and the INOVA NICU to get hands-on experience helping moms and babies breastfeed.
In 2011, Thrive Breastfeeding was born. I’ve supported well over 1,000 families throughout the DC Metro area.
The best scenario is when an expecting mom reaches out before the baby arrives. This way we have a support system in place and can head off issues before they become problems.
Aside from a low supply or an uncomfortable latch, the lack of a concrete plan is probably what I deal with most of the time. There is so much conflicting advice from family, friends, and social media. Having one designated expert that provides comprehensive support throughout the first few months results in a calm and confident breastfeeding experience.
In-home, in-person support is the name of the game. We practice latch and positioning during an actual feeding. In between visits, I’m available via a private chat app for 24/7 follow-up support.
You must move milk to make milk. Your best combo to increase supply is a well-nursing baby followed by pumping with a hospital-grade pump.
For a NICU baby, it’s important to support breastfeeding even if you’re baby isn’t able to breastfeed. I help with protecting your supply until your baby can nurse while promoting lots of skin-to-skin!
I recommend starting to stockpile expressed breastmilk in plenty of time to have an adequate stash. Pumping in lieu of nursing can impact your supply so it’s best to have extra milk on hand. Make sure you have a quality breast pump.
Forget the Instagram-inspired nursey, the clothes that will go unworn with tags, and the fanciest stroller on the market. Invest in a support team. Use those resources for a lactation consultant, birth and postpartum doulas, domestic help (house cleaners, meals, dog walker), and anything else that will make life easier for you. A supported, less stressed, and more rested mom is a confident and empowered mom. And the entire family benefits!
Client testimonials provide the best insight into having me by your side on your breastfeeding journey.
Thanks so much to Amy for that incredible interview! Be sure to check out Thrive Breastfeeding and take the opportunity to chat with Amy yourself! She is such a great resource for moms-to-be and moms.Since you are reading about Thrive Breastfeeding, I’d love to chat with you about your maternity and newborn photography needs! Click this link to view my work and let’s start the conversation!
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