Having a postpartum doula can be a positive experience for the breastfeeding mother and her family. The postpartum doula can assist with breastfeeding, meal preparation, newborn care, and help with siblings, etc. It would be wise for the family to communicate with the doula before delivery so that she can learn the expectations of the family and to also decide if she is going to be a good fit.
The postpartum doula can assist with breastfeeding by helping with latch and positioning, helping mom learn her baby’s feeding cues, and teaching mom about basic infant behavior. The postpartum doula is available to educate mom and does not act as a clinician unless she is licensed to do so. That is why it would be advantageous to meet with a prospective doula who you may decide to hire to learn about her skills and abilities, and also resources in the community in case she is not able to assist with complex breastfeeding issues.
Meal-preparation and newborn infant care are also available from the post-partum doula. You must be able to effectively communicate with the doula to let her know your desires for meals; what you and your family do and don’t eat. Newborn care is available for the first time mom if she needs it. Due to the fact that information is constantly changing, it would be good for moms to have newborn care education, even if she isn’t a first-time mom.
There are many benefits to having a postpartum doula. She can not only help with education and be a big support to the family, but she can also be a strong team player and help keep the family on track to have a positive breastfeeding experience.