Are you having troubles breastfeeding your newborn? Have you been wondering whether hiring a lactation consultant is in the right choice for you? In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, we’ve broken down why you may wish to work with a lactation consultant to make your breastfeeding experience as easy as possible.
What is a Lactation Consultant?
Before you determine if it’s right for you, it’s important to know exactly what a lactation consultant does. Someone in this role has been specially formed to help breastfeeding mothers and can identify a variety of issues that can lead to difficulty nursing. Ideally you’ll want to find someone who has been accepted by the IBCLC, or International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants. This certification means they have completed many hours of training in sociology, counseling, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, child development, and more.
How Can She Help Me?
Lactation consultants help moms with a variety of problems or general concerns about breastfeeding. Not only can she answer your general questions about breastfeeding, but she can also:
Address issues with milk production
Help identify and diagnose breast infections
Provide suggestions for treatment
Show you how to help your baby properly latch on
Help you wean your baby when the time comes
Assist you in recognizing your little one’s specific hunger signs
How ask me Find a Lactation Consultant in My Area?
Once you’ve decided you want to hire a lactation consultant, you’ll want to find one in your area that you make sense to with. You can talk to your doctor directly for recommendations, or you can use the International Lactation Consultant Association’s website to find consultants in their directory. Search by name, location, certification and credential, or practice setting, and you’ll find all the information you have to make an appointment. Don’t hesitate to meet with multiple consultants in order to find the one that you feel meets your needs to use the best.
Talk to your doctor today for personalized recommendations about breastfeeding and how to find a lactation consultant.