About Breastfeeding Central

img_6998When you can’t see a lactation consultant, the Breastfeeding Central app can be a lifeline.

Developed by New York lactation consultant Beverley Rae, it has the essential breastfeeding help that new parents need, all in one place.

Parents magazine rated it a best breastfeeding app.

Beverley created Breastfeeding Central as the next best thing to support mothers who asked her to ‘move in with me’ after their breastfeeding consultation. They told her they were too tired and overwhelmed to search online when they had questions at 3am.

Now, her expertise of 25+ years via the app effectively gives them – and mothers worldwide – a trusted resource at any hour.

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Breastfeeding Central is an A-Z guide for each stage of  breastfeeding, from preparing during pregnancy, to the hospital stay and early days at home, first six months, and returning to work.

Content is arranged chronologically and includes:

  • Preparing for a great start with breastfeeding
  • Managing the hospital stay & what to expect the first four days
  • What to do if baby won’t latch on
  • How to make plenty of milk
  • Overcoming common difficulties
  • Caring for a toddler and the new baby
  • Medications and breastfeeding
  • Diet, alcohol and losing your baby weight
  • Returning to work
  • Starting solid foods

Favorite sections can be saved with the app’s Bookmark feature.

A Help Locator enables mothers to find IBCLCs and breastfeeding support groups in the US and worldwide.

FAQs include: What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant? ; How can an IBCLC help me? ; When should I see an IBCLC?

The author

IMG_2592Breastfeeding Central was developed by Beverley Rae, MSW, IBCLC, whose 25+ years of experience as a board certified lactation consultant began with nursing her own five children. She is a former president of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

Beverley received a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. Her private practice, Breastfeeding Resources, is located in Manhasset, Long Island, NY.

Read the story of creating the app in Beverley’s blog.

Downloads in 26 countries

Families all over the world are using Breastfeeding Central. To date it’s been downloaded in the US and Canada, the UK, Ireland, Austria, Spain, Sweden and Turkey; Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Singapore, India and Sri Lanka; South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates; Mexico, Panama, Argentina and Colombia.

POPULAR SECTIONS IN BREASTFEEDING CENTRAL:

Benefits of breastfeeding
What to expect the first four days
First night home from the hospital
How to make plenty of milk
What to do if baby won’t settle after a feeding
Caring for a toddler & the new baby
Medications & breastfeeding
Diet, alcohol & losing your baby weight
Starting solid foods
Returning to work

FIND HELP

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Use Breastfeeding Central’s Help Locator to find board certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) and support groups worldwide.

CONTENTS IN FULL

PREPARATION FOR BREASTFEEDING
-Benefits for mother & baby
-Setting expectations
-Shopping list
-Helpful books & websites
-Creating your ‘nursing corner’
-Forming a support system & more

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GETTING STARTED IN THE HOSPITAL
-First feedings
-Positioning baby at breast & latching on
-What to expect the first four days
-How to make plenty of milk
-Premature babies
-Twins

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EARLY DAYS AT HOME
-First night home from the hospital
-How often & how long should feedings be?
-How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
-What if my baby won’t settle after a feeding?
-Partner’s role in successful breastfeeding
-Taking care of yourself
-The importance of support & where to find it
-Managing a toddler & the new baby

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COMMON DIFFICULTIES
-Engorgement
-Baby won’t latch on
-Sore nipples
-Fussy baby
-Low milk supply
-Too much milk
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THE FIRST SIX MONTHS
-How long should I plan to breastfeed?
-Growth spurts
-Diet, alcohol & weight loss
-Nursing in public
-Medications & breastfeeding
-Starting solid foods

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RETURNING TO WORK
-Planning for your return to work
-Pumping & storing breastmilk
-How much milk to leave
-How often to pump at work
-Keeping up your milk supply

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