Medical Disclaimer:

Alyssa Schnell, IBCLC exists to provide education, support and guidance regarding infant feeding and nurturing options for people everywhere. Every effort has been made to provide up-to-date and accurate information, but the information on this website should never be used to diagnose or treat problems you may be experiencing. Information shared on this website is not intended to replace medical advice or care from your health care provider.  Consult with your or your baby's health care team before making decisions about your care or the care of your baby.​  I encourage you to include an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) on your health care team.

 WHO Code Disclaimer:

The WHO Code is a shortened name for the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

Alyssa Schnell, IBCLC understands the importance of direct breastfeeding/chestfeeding. Some parents may be able to provide all of their babies’ nutrition directly from their breasts/chest while others may supplement their babies with a feeding tube at the breast, called a nursing supplementer or supply line.  Breastfeeding/chestfeeding helps babies develop physically as they should.  Breastfeeding/chestfeeding protects the health of parents who have birthed their babies by allowing their bodies to recover from childbirth as nature intended, and keeps ALL lactating parents healthier throughout their lifetime.  As Lactation Consultants, we work with parents for whom breastfeeding is NOT going well or following the normal path. Our goal is always to support, protect and promote breastfeeding/chestfeeding; we work as members of the health care team; and our goal is to establish, maintain, or restore direct breastfeeding/chestfeeding whenever possible. Any products we may suggest, and the techniques discussed/demonstrated are therapeutic interventions; our goal is to use the least amount of intervention for the shortest time to establish or restore direct breastfeeding to the extent feasible for individual parents and babies. Nothing we present should be construed to be “just as good” as direct breastfeeding – these are therapeutic techniques, intended for situations where 100% at-breast/chest feedings are not currently possible. 

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