3. No LC or breastfeeding-support person should ever bring formula with her to your home. LCs are not allowed to distribute formula samples or recommend a formula by name. Ask her ahead of time if she intends to bring some formula samples with her. This may be an indication of her true support for breastfeeding.
4. Nipple shields and bottles are being used much too often to try to fix breastfeeding problems, even though they can, very occasionally, be useful. Nipple shields should never be used for the baby who refuses to latch on before the mother's milk "comes in" on day three or four (or sometimes later). Once the milk "comes in," many babies will latch on easily without a nipple shield. There are usually better ways of supplementing or feeding babies than using a bottle. Be skeptical if your LC is quick to use a nipple shield. Patience, perseverance, and good technique are almost always good enough to get any baby latched. See handout When Baby Does Not Yet Latch.
5. REMEMBER to Get the best Start: Try to ensure and aim for the most natural labor possible. A good Midwife or Doula may be an invaluable way to achieve that goal.
You are told to feed x number of minutes per side
You are told to feed x number of times per day
You are told to wake the baby every x number of hours
Your breastfeeding-support person weighs the baby before and after each feeding
Your breastfeeding-support person tells you that sore nipples are normal and you need to endure it, or that your nipples need to "toughen" up or that your skin is overly sensitive, or, if you are a red-head, that you are supposed to have overly-sensitive nipples
Your breastfeeding support person asks you to finger feed after you breastfeed your baby