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Updated: Feb 13

Episode 52 of the Airway First podcast is now out! You can catch this and all other episodes on Apple, SoundCloud, Podbean, RSS, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. And don't forget to check us out on YouTube!

Airway First Podcast with Amey Fields, breastfeeding

My guest today is Amey Fields, an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and labor and delivery nurse with over 20 years of experience helping moms and babies with breastfeeding.

She started working as a labor and delivery nurse in 1998 and in 2010, was given the opportunity to run the community education department at the hospital she was working at. She became Lamaze certified and began teaching childbirth and newborn care classes to expectant parents. In addition to working as a labor nurse in the hospital setting, she has also assisted with home births and spent two years working at a free-standing birth center. In 2011 she started a postpartum support group called Circle of Mothers.

You can find out more about Amey at

2024 needs to be the year of the prenatal visits. There is so much more to breastfeeding's not just about the latch. ~ Amey Fields

Show Notes:


Breastmilk contains all the nourishment needed to promote normal healthy growth and development in babies during their first six to twelve months of life. According to the Cleveland Clinic, research suggests that breastfeeding can lower your baby’s risk of certain diseases, help to build a stronger immune system, and lower the risk of:

  • Diarrhea and vomiting

  • Respiratory and ear infections

  • Asthma

  • Childhood obesity

  • Eczema

  • Cavities

  • Poor jaw development

  • Airway dysfunction

Breast milk supports your baby’s health because it:

  • Is easy for their immature tummy and intestines to digest.

  • Contains antibodies that protect against infection and boost immunity

  • Has the right amount of fat, sugar, water, protein, and vitamins for your baby’s development

  • Promotes healthy weight gain

  • Changes in composition to meet your baby’s nutritional needs over time

  • Contains substances that naturally soothe your baby

Additionally, breastfeeding helps your baby develop habits that will have an impact on their breathing and airway health. It also helps to properly develop their pallet and strengthen their tongue and mouth muscles.

The airway benefits include teaching your child to breathe correctly through their nose and not their mouth, helping to prevent sleep issues such as snoring.

Breastfeeding also has additional benefits for new moms. It can help you recover from childbirth more quickly and easily. Hormones released during breastfeeding help the uterus to its regular size more quickly and can reduce postpartum bleeding.


The long-term benefits of breastfeeding your baby cannot be understated, which is one reason many new moms seek the support of lactation specialists or midwives to learn the proper way to breastfeed.

One of the main benefits is that a lactation consultant can help to identify and address any issues you might be having, such as sore nipples, low milk supply, or a baby who is not gaining weight...all of which can prevent a successful breastfeeding experience. Secondly, lactation consultants can provide emotional support to new parents. Plus, for mothers of premature or immunocompromised babies, lactation consultants can develop special feeding and storage plans tailored to your baby's exact needs.

A board-certified lactation consultant can help you before and after delivery with:

  • Prenatal counseling to help you prepare a breastfeeding plan

  • Basic positions and latching techniques

  • Tips and practices to promote successful breastfeeding and lactation

  • Milk expression and storage

  • Developing strategies for continuing to breastfeed after returning to work

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