Professional consultants offer a broad range of services, which include everything from teaching a new mom how to position her baby on the breast to giving her tips on how to increase her milk supply or handle a breast infection.
These babies especially need the extra nutrition and nurturing that breast-feeding provides. And even months into breast-feeding, moms who want help finding a good pump or figuring out the nursing implications of starting their babies on solid foods can benefit from hiring one.
Sometimes the most valuable commodity a lactation consultant offers is simple reassurance -- either affirmation that you're not a failure as a mother if you're struggling or concrete proof that breast-feeding is indeed working well. At each visit, for example, Henson's consultant weighed Daniel before and after he completed a feeding to make sure he was getting enough milk.
Facts You Should Know About Breastfeeding
Even after their breast-feeding crises are over, many mothers find it reassuring to underscore the lessons of a lactation consultant by attending a breast-feeding support group, such as those held at the Nurturing Touch Wellness Centre. Nursing goes much more smoothly if women get the support they need and when that happens, breast-feeding can be easily integrated into even the most complex lives
When Should I Call a Lactation Consultant?
Breastfeeding should be pleasant for you and your baby! If either one of you is not having a good time, something is not right. As a new mom, you have instincts to guide you. Your baby has instincts and very strong reflexes to guide him. But neither one of you has ever done this before and, most likely, you have never seen a baby breastfeed. It’s likely you will need some help.
Contact a lactation consultant immediately if you experience:
Or if your baby experiences:
You may consider meeting with a lactation consultant before the birth of your baby if you had trouble breastfeeding a previous child. A visit with a skilled LC can put things in perspective for you and help you avoid problems with the new baby. Prenatal consultations are also helpful if you have any concerns regarding your health, you’re expecting multiples, or you’ve had any surgery on your breasts or chest.
A lactation consultant can be invaluable when you’re preparing to return to the work force. She can guide you in maintaining a milk supply, pumping at work, helping baby learn to drink from a bottle or cup and assuring that you get enough sleep!
The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons, including:
Our breastfeeding class provides information and skills to enhance your breastfeeding experience and gain confidence through your and your baby's natural instincts.
Reminder: It is recommended that you take the Childbirth Class before taking the Breastfeeding class, as each class builds upon the other.
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