Do I Need a Consultation?
It can help with
Low Milk Supply
A low supply, whether real or perceived, can be managed while protecting breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding should never hurt. If it does, an assessment of the positioning and latch can identify the cause.
Slow Weight Gain
Observing a feeding and doing a test weight can help determine why weight gain is slow.
Back to Work
Going back to work is difficult for many reasons, but worrying about pumping enough milk for your baby is probably the biggest. Having a plan in place can decrease your stress level.
Learning to breastfeed one baby can be hard. More than one baby ...
Prematurity or admission to the NICU can pose challenges to breastfeeding that may need special interventions.
Meet Sally Wood
RN, IBCLC, MOM
As a mother of three grown children, Sally recognizes the importance of supporting mothers (and that's ALL mothers) as they navigate the rewarding, yet sometimes frustrating, journey called Motherhood. Her goal as a lactation consultant is to support moms with not just knowledge and assistance with breastfeeding, but to do so with compassion in a non-judgmental manner. Every mother is different, with varying goals and unique challenges, writing HER particular story as a mother. Supporting, encouraging and EMPOWERING mothers is Sally's passion.
She actually started "adulting" with a degree in Speech Communications and a minor in Public Relations, believe it or not. It wasn't until the birth of her second child that she realized maternal/neonatal nursing was her calling. Several years later, it was obvious that she had a talent for connecting with mothers and helping them learn about childbirth, how to care for their newborns and, yes, breastfeeding!
She has been helping breastfeeding mothers in the Augusta area since 2004. In 2008 she obtained her certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In 2015, she led a team of nurses at Doctors Hospital in becoming the area's only Baby-Friendly Hospital. She is a past chairperson of the CSRA Breastfeeding Coalition, where she is still an active member. Sally has spoken at the Georgia Perinatal Association's annual conference and, most recently, was featured in Augusta Medical Professionals magazine.
Her passion to extend help across the community led her to start her private practice, where she offered hospital-grade breast pump rentals, as well as other breastfeeding supplies. Then, in early 2018, after having moms continually ask "Can you come to my house and help me?", she added private lactation consultations to her list of services.
Over the years, mothers, physicians and co-workers have given her many nicknames. Some are downright hilarious: Madame of the Mammaries, Lactating Nurse (uh, not anymore) and Boob Whisperer. Then there are the made-up names: Lactationer and Lactrician (huh?). In the end, the one that has stuck is The Breastfeeding Guru, which has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
Empowering moms to be their best, while reaching their goals.
Thank you, Sally, for the opportunity to rent an awesome pump to make it possible to tandem nurse twins the first year, especially once I returned to work. Sally was great about taking time to answer lactation questions and sending encouraging messages!
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