You May Want To See A Lactation Consultant If…
You are planning on breastfeeding.
A lot of people think they should contact a Lactation Consultant(LC) because there is a problem. It’s true, you should—but it’s easier to ask someone for help when you’ve already connected with them! If you are planning on or interested in breastfeeding, begin building a relationship with an LC even before your baby is born. They’ll be able to give you valuable insight as you prepare to breastfeed, and let you know exactly what to watch for in case you have concerns.
You are returning to work.
Thanks to modern feeding options, going back to work after baby is born is much easier for breastfeeding parents—but that doesn’t mean that it is easy. There are so many variables to consider, such as when you should start pumping, which pump you should use, which bottles you should try, what sort of schedule you should follow—and so on and so forth. Chatting with your LC is a good first step in answering these questions, and making sure you feel prepared as you transition into this new feeding dynamic.
You have questions!
From questions about pumping to product recommendations to tips and techniques for latching, your LC can help you answer them all, and connect you with the appropriate resources when necessary. There doesn’t have to be a “problem” for you to seek support.
You need support.
Breastfeeding may be the “natural” way to feed infants, but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally to those doing it. The truth is, every breastfeeding relationship unfolds differently, and having a support system in place is important. Whether you’re seeking support through those early days of sleeplessness and cluster-feeding, or advice as you determine when and how to end the breastfeeding relationship, your LC can help you navigate your options and make the choices that are right for you and your family.
You are concerned.
If you are having trouble or there is something you are concerned about, you should absolutely reach out to your lactation consultant. No concern is too small, and there are no bad questions when it comes to taking care of your breastfeeding relationship.
If you aren’t sure if you should be concerned, you should consult an LC if:
Your baby isn’t latching/feeding effectively.
You are concerned that mature milk has not come in yet.
Your breasts/nipples are painful, cracked, and/or bleeding.
You think you may have low milk supply.
Your baby isn’t gaining weight, or isn’t gaining enough weight.
You’re dealing with plugged ducts, mastitis, or engorgement.
Whether this is your first time breastfeeding, or only the first time you’ve sought additional support, connecting with an LC is a good first step to ensuring your breastfeeding relationship is off to a healthy start.
At Desert Birth & Wellness, we are committed to helping you reach your goals, and to supporting you when plans change. Learn more about our breastfeeding support services and schedule your prenatal lactation consultation here.