Breastfeeding Services - Doulas of Marquette
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Breastfeeding Services

You have a precious new baby to love and nurture, with many wonderful hopes and dreams ahead. You have questions about how to help your baby grow healthy and strong.


Breastfeeding is a beautiful gift you can give your baby, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is your trusted breastfeeding expert!


For 25 years IBCLCs have been helping new mothers in hospitals, private clinics, public health departments, and in private practice. The letters “IBCLC” mean they have both the experience and skill to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. In fact, IBCLCs are the only health professionals with a special internationally-recognized credential in lactation.


IBCLCs help mothers and babies get off to a great start, find solutions when concerns arise, and answer questions mothers often have about feeding their babies.


IBCLCs can show you how to:
• Position and latch your baby
• Help you breastfeed after both a Vaginal and Cesarean Birth
• Make sure you make plenty of milk
• Breastfeed more than one baby
• Prevent most breastfeeding concerns
• Find solutions if breastfeeding is uncomfortable or not working well at first
• Breastfeed a premature baby, or a baby with special needs
• Use a breast pump
• Breastfeed even when your baby is sick or in the NICU
• Breastfeed after you return to work or school
• Feel confident that you can nurse your baby as long as you and your baby want


Services Offered

Private Breastfeeding Course:
In your home, our affiliated IBCLC will talk to you about the anatomy of breastfeeding, the composition of breastmilk, and all the reflexes we’re equipped with to succeed at breastfeeding our babies. She will teach you positions to help facilitate deep latching and comfortable feeding. You’ll learn about the first few days of feeding and getting breastfeeding off to the best start. She will help you know how much and often to feed your baby, and how to tell if your baby is getting enough breastmilk. You’ll talk about common concerns including engorgement, sore nipples and poor latch, and how to prevent or remedy these concerns. Class is around 2 hours in length, with plenty of time for breaks or questions.

Initial Home Visit:
This visit takes place in your home (or your birthplace, if needed or desired) within a few days of birth. The visit is around 1.5-2 hours in length, and includes a thorough history-taking and breastfeeding-specific physical exam of mom and baby, including breasts and oral anatomy. During a breastfeeding session, our affiliated IBCLC will make suggestions for improvement and give education where needed. Together, you will create an individualized plan to address any issues, and she will communicate an assessment and plan with mother and/or baby’s health care providers as needed. This includes email/phone follow up for 7 days following initial visit.

Follow Up Visit:
This visit is performed after the initial consultation, and provides continuing care for the initial issue, or any new issues that have arisen. There will be guidance in following the feeding plan working to make any needed adjustments to your plan, or troubleshooting. Additionally, there will be further communication about the visit with your health care providers as needed.

Follow Up Email or Phone Contact:
Beyond the first week following the initial consultation, we provide guidance, support and resources via email or telephone.

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Linda Marshall

Affiliated IBCLC

Linda Marshall is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in the Marquette County area. She has been working with breastfeeding moms and their babies in the public health sector for the past six years, before which she nursed her own children for a combined total of ten years while also helping many friends on their own breastfeeding journeys.  Linda is passionate about breastfeeding education and supporting moms while helping them to find what works for their family.

Linda is a lifelong resident of Negaunee, where she resides with her husband Paul, and their four boys. She also has some fun pets, including her most recent addition, a puppy named Clover.