What is a Lactation Consultant? A lactation consultant is a health care professional who is knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced in lactation (breastfeeding). The lactation consultant's primary focus is to provide education, assistance and support to breastfeeding women.
Why use the service of Lactation Consultant?
Many mothers have no problems at all while breastfeeding; others have common questions that can be answered quite simply. Some mothers often have their own network of support but for those who have no support, and for those with more complex breastfeeding situations, a lactation consultant can be the first step towards resolving such difficulties.
What will the Lactation Consultant do?
During a consultation, the lactation consultant will gather information, which may include a medical history of the mother and baby, a breastfeeding history, and an observation of a nursing. This information will be used to formulate a plan of action.
When can an IBCLC help?
- Prenatal Consultantions - Sore nipples - Latching difficuly; non-latching babies - Slow gain - Illness & special babies; pumping - Twins & tandem nursing - Return to work / other seperations - Introducing solids and weaning