[caption id="attachment_289" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="The National Association Support for Breastfeeding, Source: Facebook "][/caption]Hi,If you are a young mother or you are about to give birth, if you are interested in all kinds of breast-related issues, the meetings with the certified lactation consultants will be very useful to you. The lactation consultants are mothers and medical experts who have completed a 6-month training, part of the UNICEF global programme for protection, support and promotion of breastfeeding. The lactation consultants believe that breastfeeding is important and are willing to help mothers through advice based on personal experience as well as expertise.The lactation consultants can help you:• Start successfully breastfeeding• Avoid cracked/sore nipples• Find out if the baby takes enough• Increase your milk• Cope with various difficulties• Breastfeed as long as you wishThey organize meetings dedicated to breastfeeding. Each of these sratrs with a lection about the essence and importance of breastfeeding. Later, neonatologists and lactation consultants step in with practical guidance.[caption id="attachment_290" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="The Miracle of Breastfeeding, Source: The Internet"][/caption]Currently, the association has over 70 active lactation consultants in various cities across the country. You can contact them on the National Hotline 0896 418 488 as well on their website. The association will be expecting you in their consultative cabinets at the University Maternity Hospital in Sofia, in the St. Marina Medical Centre in Varna and in the Vita Medical Centre in Pazardzik.The association has lactation consultants in Aytos, Blagoevgrad, Varna, Gabrovo, Kurdzali, Pazardzik, Pernik, Plovdiv, Pleven, Sevlievo, Sofia, Stara Zagora and Haskovo.The lactation consultants’ service is volunteer and unpaid as they strive to answer as many calls as possible. Certainly, they respond according within their proper limits as they have they have their own families to dedicate time and care. The number of calls that a single lactation consultant answers varies between 3-4 and 80-100 per month. In 2009, over 1500 mothers have sought the consultants’ advice. That is three times the number in 2008 – a clear sign that the consultants’ network is expanding successfully.The National Association Support for Breastfeeding is under the auspices of the National Breastfeeding Committee. At present, the National Association Breastfeeding Support works on several projects. One of them represents a calendar with breastfeeding positions and quotes from a book by the Norwegian neonatologists Gro Nylander called Breastfeeding Alphabet. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Embassy of Norway.[caption id="attachment_291" align="alignleft" width="128" caption="Hristina Yaneva, Lactation Consultant at the National Association Support for Breastfeeding, Source: The Internet"][/caption]You are wondering what type of pump breastfeeding is worth buying? Stay tunes because soon the lactation consultant Hristina Yaneva at the National Association Support for Breastfeeding will share her recommendations. In our next blog post Hristina will be our special guest – exclusively for the moms who are Chipolino fans :).
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