Upcoming Meeting

Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC

Alyssa has been helping mothers and babies in the St. Louis area with breastfeeding for the past 14 years, first as a La Leche League Leader and now as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She works in private practice. Her practice, Sweet Pea Breastfeeding Support, provides prenatal, pre-adoption/

surrogacy, and postpartum lactation consultations, as well as breast pump sales and rentals.  Alyssa also co-hosts the Breastfeeding Outside the Box podcast. Alyssa enjoys working with all mothers and babies, but she has an extra special place in her heart for helping mothers through adoption and surrogacy to breastfeed their babies. She is the author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing: A Breastfeeding Guide for Mothers Through Adoption, Surrogacy, and Other Special Circumstances and has been featured in Adoptive Families magazine, The Journal of Human Lactation, and The Journal of Clinical Lactation. Alyssa is the proud mother of three breastfed children, two by birth and one by adoption.

March Topics Are: 

Breastfeeding Without Birthing: Breastfeeding in Adoption, Surrogacy, and Foster Care

Every mother deserves the opportunity to breastfeed – even if that mother did not give birth to her baby. Many mothers through adoption, surrogacy, and foster care have successfully breastfed their babies. This presentation provides an introduction to the how-to’s of breastfeeding without birthing: how to latch an older or compromised baby and how to induce lactation. It also covers finding community support, important for all breastfeeding mothers but especially essential in these special situations.

The Proficient Pumper

Many breastfeeding mothers rely on a breast pump to help provide milk for their babies when they are separated or not feeding directly from the breast. Some of these mothers may find pumping uncomfortable. Many others have difficulty expressing enough milk to meet their babies’ needs. There are also those who produce an overabundance of milk while pumping. This session addresses all of these mothers by providing ideas for making pumping as effective, efficient and comfortable as possible.

Tools for Supplementing Breastfeeding

While most nursing parents hope to produce enough milk to meet their babies’ needs, sometimes it just isn’t possible. For a variety of reasons including a difficult start with breastfeeding, breast/chest surgery, insufficient glandular tissue, adoption, surrogacy, and LGBTQ non-gestational breastfeeding, supplementation may be necessary either temporarily or for the duration of breastfeeding.  While most parents assume supplementation means bottle-feeding, we can educate parents about at-breast supplementation, finger-feeding, and bottle-feeding techniques that support breastfeeding so that they can select a supplementation tool that supports their needs, their babies’ needs and overall breastfeeding success.