Elko County Breastfeeding Specialist
Meet Lynne Hoffman
Lynne is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant in Elko County.
We are so blessed as a community to have her in our midst.
I reached out to Lynne to be a guest writer in hopes new moms would have another local resource to seek information!
Lynne has helped hundreds and hundreds of families over her career.
Thank you again, Lynne, for sharing your knowledge and especially for all your years of service to our community.
I truly believe you are a hidden jewel amongst us and have blessed so many in our amazing community.
Thank you, Kandi, for asking me to be a guest on your blog site. We both enjoy our passions of love and respect for motherhood, babies, families, and breastfeeding. I’d like to begin with just a little about myself.
I am nearly a lifelong resident of Elko and a 3rd generation Nevadan, a graduate of Nevada with degrees in biology and zoology. Having attended college in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I considered myself a liberated feminist. That all changed in 1980 when my husband Lee and I lost our first child during her delivery. Life, babies, and family suddenly gained became so much more precious.
Since that time long ago, we have had two wonderful births in Elko, a great journey of watching them grow and blossom, and many years of helping moms, babies and families as a childbirth educator, a lactation educator, and in 1996, an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. In 2016, I became a grandma for the first time. This is my passion.
It seems that moms need even more information and support than they did when our children were growing up in the 1980’s and 90’s. I hope my posts will be helpful to all who are entering this most important and wonderful journey of motherhood.
What to know before your baby’s birth and a few tips on breastfeeding.
Your Birth does make a difference. Childbirth classes, a vaginal birth and no or few birth interventions get mom and babe off to the best start possible for successful early breastfeeding. A prenatal breastfeeding class, if available can also be helpful.
Breastfeed your baby as soon as possible after birth. Keep the baby with you in your room and feed at every sign of hunger without worrying about time. Watch your baby’s signals of hunger and feed for as long and often as your baby wishes. Switch sides when the baby lets go during this early postpartum period. Colostrum is all a healthy, full-term newborn needs IF the baby is latching well and actively transferring the milk. Newborns eat often!
A brand new baby’s tummy is about the size of a marble; perfectly sized for mom’s liquid gold colostrum. Continuing with feeding at baby’s cues will gradually enlarge this tummy size, just the way nature intended. Most newborns need no extra supplements of formula or water.
Breastfeeding gets off to the best start when visitors are limited. This is the time for the immediate family to get to know each other.
Early feeds may be uncomfortable at times but cracked nipples, bleeding or bruising ARE NOT NORMAL! These are signs that something is not quite right.
Here are some additional helpful handouts courtesy of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition. Thank you for all the work you do to help moms to breastfeed.
Lynn is also a part of a Facebook group that supports and educates young moms on breastfeeding!