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 for the family.
The postpartum doula can assist with breastfeeding by helping with latching and positioning, helping mom learn her baby’s feeding cues, and teaching mom about basic infant behavior. The postpartum doula is available for education for the 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 prospective doulas who you may decide to hire to learn about her skills and abilities, and also resources in the community in the event that she cannot assist with complex breastfeeding issues.
Meal-preparation and newborn infant care are also available from the postpartum 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. Since 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 person 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.