Breastfeeding – what a wonderful gift to be able to give the liquid gold to your newborn, but as magical as it sounds, it isn’t always unicorns and rainbows. Breastfeeding is hard. It takes a lot of patience, persistence, and if this is your first time, latching and getting it right can be a real challenge. However, with the help of a medical professional, usually your OBGYN or pediatrician as your first point of contact, you may get through the hard parts, mostly.
If you’re one tired momma who is struggling, seeking help from a certified lactation consultant can help you with your worries. These are the health professionals who are highly trained and licensed to help and assist in complex breastfeeding situations such as high-risk babies, improper latching, positioning, oral assessment, and many others.
What To Expect:
Depending on who your consultant is, the approach may vary, along with other factors that need to be considered. Depending on what your needs are, a certified lactation consultant will assess the baby’s tongue action, which could be a huge factor in a successful latch. Your consultant will also discuss how breastfeeding works, how milk is produced, along with a course of action that the mother needs to take to either get started or help them continue with their breastfeeding journey.
With that being said, hiring a CLC isn’t just for mothers who recently gave birth. If you’ve tried once, and you haven’t been successful, it’s never too late! You may call a lactation consultant to help you with the entire re-lactation process. They will determine a plan of action to take, and make this process as seamless and as successful as much as possible.
Your lactation consultant will be able to help you address your concerns and even provide a care plan for execution to make sure that your situation improves.
How do you know where to find a good and certified lactation consultant? Check with your doctor, or look for online reviews. Finding one who shows compassion and care. You needed someone to help you during this touch and challenging breastfeeding journey. Talk to them – see if they align with your vision and ask all questions as much as possible. Don’t be afraid. You’ll be working with him/her side by side during this journey, so make sure that you take your time finding the right one for your needs.