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Get the Latch Right: How a Lactation Consultant Can Help Your Breastfeeding Journey

Taylor Powell
By Taylor Powell

Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful aspect of motherhood, but it can also present its own challenges. Many new mothers encounter difficulties such as latching issues, low milk supply, or concerns about infant weight gain. Often parents feel like they have nowhere to turn, unaware that lactation consultation is available to them through a certified breastfeeding specialist or International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Lactation consultation is a service that aims to empower and assist mothers in their breastfeeding journey, ensuring the health and well-being of both mother and baby.

Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits. It enhances the baby’s immune system, reduces the risk of certain illnesses, and fosters a strong emotional bond between mother and child. For mothers, breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of postpartum depression, faster postpartum weight loss, and a reduced risk of certain health conditions. When mothers experience breastfeeding difficulties, it can feel defeating.

Lactation consultation is a specialized service designed to guide and support mothers in their breastfeeding experience. Certified lactation consultants and breastfeeding specialists are trained professionals who possess extensive knowledge about breastfeeding, infant nutrition, and a variety of other related challenges. Lactation consultants are experts that offer personalized assistance to mothers, addressing concerns, providing education, and fostering positive breastfeeding relationships. Lactation consultants play a crucial role in ensuring mothers receive the guidance they need to overcome obstacles and establish a successful breastfeeding routine. Their expertise goes beyond the basics, encompassing a deep understanding of the physiological and emotional aspects of breastfeeding. By providing support and education, lactation consultants contribute to improved maternal and infant health outcomes.

Lactation consultation services are beneficial for a wide range of individuals. While some mothers may face challenges immediately after childbirth, others may encounter issues as their baby grows. Lactation consultants can assist in various scenarios, including but not limited to:

1. First Time Mothers: New mothers often find breastfeeding challenging as they navigate this new experience. Lactation consultants can provide guidance on proper latch techniques, breastfeeding positions, and overcoming difficulties.

2. Mothers with Preterm or Low-Birth Weight Infants: Premature or low-birth-weight infants may require specialized breastfeeding support. Lactation consultants have the tools to work closely with your pediatrician so that together they can offer strategies to ensure these infants receive the support they need to thrive.

3. Mothers Returning to Work: Balancing breastfeeding and work commitments can be challenging. Lactation consultants can help working mothers develop a pumping routine and address any concerns related to maintaining breastfeeding while working.

4. Mothers Experiencing Pain or Discomfort: Breastfeeding should not be a painful experience. Lactation consultants can identify and address issues causing pain or discomfort, promoting a positive breastfeeding experience.

By introducing lactation consultation services into routine postpartum care, mothers can feel more supported in every step of their breastfeeding journey. Certified lactation consultants and breastfeeding specialists are here to provide personalized guidance, education, and encouragement, ensuring that every parent has the resources they need to give their baby the best start in life.

– Taylor Powell, BSN, RN is the clinic administrator at Health West OB/GYN in Pocatello, ID. The clinic offers lactation consultation services – available in person or via telehealth. Schedule your appointment by calling (208) 232-3303.


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