New moms are often told “breastfeeding is the most natural thing you can do for your baby”, but when the time comes to start feeding, many mothers are faced with confusion and frustration with breastfeeding difficulties. Some estimates suggest up to two-thirds of new moms experience breastfeeding difficulties. From sore nipples, difficult latching, and mom or baby physical abnormalities, lactation consultants can provide moms with the tools needed to have a successful relationship with breastfeeding.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) are the gold standard for professional, lactation support. IBCLCs are made up of professionals such as registered nurses, dietitians, physicians, and midwives who have thousands of hours of experience specifically in the physical, nutritional, emotional, and sociological issues of breastfeeding.
A lactation consultant can help mothers learn how to properly position their babies for the most comfortable and effective latch. They can give tips on improving milk supply, addressing breast infections, feeding babies with physiological problems, supplemental feeding of premature infants, and how to maintain breastfeeding when returning to the workplace.
Whether it's answering questions before birth to help prepare for what to expect with breastfeeding, or addressing concerns or problems post-partum, contacting a lactation consultant can help ease you into a successful breastfeeding relationship with your baby.