411 Pediatrics is pleased to offer in-house breastfeeding support services with two of Austin’s most respected certified lactation consultants!
When you bring your newborn in to 411 Pediatrics for his 3-5 day old doctor’s appointment during the weekdays, our lactation consultants will visit with you, as part of the office visit. Our practice is committed to supporting your breastfeeding success!
Kiran and Helina also offer private consultations, breast pump rentals, and sales. Please call the office at 512-327-0411 for more information about these services.
Kiran Hahn is a registered nurse, international board certified lactation consultant, and a mom. She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, but Kiran has claimed Austin as home since 1997, despite a brief sojourn to Seattle, Washington. Kiran graduated from Stanford University, where she received a BA in international relations. After graduation, she spent 5 years in marketing and technology, but felt she would find greater fulfillment in helping people. In 2004 she enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin Nursing School and earned her RN.
Shortly afterwards, Kiran, her husband Jim, and their newborn son moved to Seattle, which is where she developed her passion for lactation and helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals. Although she has now had a variety of experiences in both hospital and outpatient settings, Kiran’s first nursing job was at Evergreen Health in Kirkland, WA, – the first Baby Friendly Hospital in the United States – where she worked with moms and babies from delivery to discharge and learned to do so with special emphasis on family-centered care and fostering success for breastfeeding. Kiran has been working with moms and babies in various capacities ever since, and loves being a part of such a special and important time in the lives of families.
In 2013 Kiran founded Austin Milk Made, LLC to help Central Texas mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals. When she’s not working, Kiran enjoys traveling, doing yoga, reading, and spending time with her family and their two spoiled dogs.
Helina Teshome is a registered nurse, an international board certified lactation consultant and a mom. Over the years she has worked in a variety of areas including Postpartum Care, Neonatal Intensive Care and Post Anesthesia Care Units. Helina became a DONA trained postpartum doula and founded Mommy’s Angels Postpartum Care Services LLC to fully pursue her passion for working with and supporting parents and their newborns.
She takes special interest in empowering and educating women in the art of breastfeeding. She is honored to have received a nomination for the 2013 Annual Austin Birth Awards in the category of Best Lactation Consultant in Austin.
Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Helina has been living in Austin since 1994. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children. Prior to becoming a nurse, Helina received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Edward’s University and worked at Dell Computers Corporation.
Common Breastfeeding Questions
Q. Why should I consult a Lactation Consultant?
A. For something that is “natural,” breastfeeding is not always easy in the beginning. In ancient times, women had family and friends to help with potential initial challenges –today you may need some expert advice to help get started. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is part of the maternal-child health care team that focuses on helping the mother and child with any breastfeeding issues or concerns. Generally, a lactation consultant helps mom and baby with issues such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, low milk production and inadequate weight gain. Some of the many services we offer include:
- Helping with positioning and latch to achieve optimal milk transfer and minimize nipple pain
- Assisting babies with special challenges such as prematurity, NICU stays, and anatomical challenges
- Assessing Mom’s milk supply and helping to increase milk production as needed
- Providing prenatal information and breastfeeding education to mothers-to-be via private or group classes
- Pump instruction and flange fitting
- Hospital grade pump rental and limited retail of breastfeeding accessories
Q. What happens during a breastfeeding consultation?
A. We are committed to helping you achieve YOUR breastfeeding goals! Our consultations generally last up to 90 minutes, and include:
- Discussing mother’s medical, pregnancy and birth history
- Observing mother and baby while breastfeeding and making necessary adjustments to latching and/or positioning technique
- Assessing mother’s breasts and nipples
- Assessing baby’s mouth, tongue, palate, and suck
- Obtaining baby’s pre and post feeding weight to ensure proper milk transfer
- Creating a written plan that works for you to achieve your goals
- Communicating our assessment and plan with your physician and/or pediatrician
- Providing a superbill for you to file for insurance reimbursement
Our service includes follow-up calls to ensure feeding continues as discussed, and additional follow-up visits as needed (at additional charge).
Q. Why is breastfeeding so important?
A. Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants’ health, growth, immunity and development.
— Healthy People 2010, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Benefits of Breastmilk:
- It’s rich in nutrients and antibodies
- The composition changes with the baby’s nutritional and developmental needs – it’s perfectly designed for your baby
- Helps with brain and gut development
- Is a lot less expensive than formula and never gets recalled!
- Helps with bonding with baby
- Studies show that breastfeeding moms get more sleep than formula feeding mothers
- Reduces risk of postpartum depression
- Decreases postpartum bleeding
- Reduces risk for certain breast, uterine and ovarian cancers
- Decreases risk of developing osteoporosis later in life
- Burns up to 500 calories per day, helping Mom return to her pre-pregnant body more quickly
- Breastfed babies are sick less, which means fewer days of staying home with a sick child, fewer visits to the doctor’s office, and less medication expenses
- Provides immunity and protective antibodies – breastfed children are more resistant to disease and infection early in life
- Breastfed infants develop higher IQ’s, and have improved brain and nervous system development
- Reduces incidence of ear and respiratory infections
- Decreases risk of developing many diseases later in life including juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and cancer before the age of 15
- Reduces risk of obesity later in life
- Nursing promotes facial structure development, assisting with speech and dentition formation