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Lactation + Hand Expression Before Birth

Alex Wachelka, IBCLC
teaches on the practice + uses of hand expression, preparing for lactation, + reviews all infant feeding methods.

Lessons include:

🍈 What is hand expression, what do you need to do it, and when and/or why would you want to hand express?

🥛 How does the body change as lactation progresses? And how you can feel confident getting breastfeeding and/or chestfeeding off to a successful start?

👶 What are all the methods of infant feeding and how do you know what best fits your feeding situation?

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Educator Bio

Alex Wachelka, IBCLC
I had a very challenging start to my breastfeeding journey. I postponed getting help because I thought what I was going through was just part of the process. After two weeks I finally sought out some help and while I didn’t feel supported by that person, they ultimately helped to find the root cause of our challenges. I was able to go on to exclusively breastfeed for 17 months. It was my experience with the support person that led me to learn more about breastfeeding and lactation and had me excited about going to school to train in lactation at 4 months postpartum. I founded Motherhood Blooms Lactation™ because I am passionate about helping others feel validated and heard during their infant feeding experience. My practice operates online and supports parents from conception to weaning.

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