Many new moms want to breastfeed their babies but have difficulty doing so. They may not know how to position the baby correctly, how often to nurse, or what to do if the baby isn’t latching on properly. Lactation consultants can help new mothers with all these issues and more.
What Is a Lactation Consultant?
A lactation consultant is a healthcare professional who helps mothers learn how to breastfeed. They are skilled in assessing and solving breastfeeding problems. They can also educate mothers on the importance of breastfeeding, as well as how it benefits both the mother and child.
Lactation consultants, such as those at Feeding Fundamentals, LLC,typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Some states also require lactation consultants to be licensed.
What Does a Lactation Consultant Do?
A lactation consultant provides new mothers with guidance and support on how to successfully breastfeed their babies. They can help with latch-on difficulties, show mothers how to position their babies correctly, and teach them how often to nurse. They can also provide information on pumping and storing breast milk.
In addition, they can help mothers who are experiencing low milk supply or other breastfeeding difficulties. They may recommend specific exercises or positions to help increase milk flow. They can also advise mothers on what type of diet to follow if they are having trouble producing enough milk.
Finally, they can provide guidance on weaning from breastfeeding. They can offer advice on when and how to slowly transition your baby from breast milk to solid food.
Why See a Lactation Consultant?
There are many reasons why new mothers may want to see a lactation consultant. Some mothers simply want peace of mind knowing that they are doing everything right when it comes to breastfeeding their babies.
Others may need help with specific breastfeeding problems such as latch-on difficulties or low milk supply. Still, others may want guidance on pumping and storing breast milk or transitioning their babies from breast milk to solid food.
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