There are many situations and issues that may arise in which you will want to consider speaking with a lactation consultant for support.
Prenatally, seek the guidance of a lactation consultant by taking a breastfeeding class. If mom will be returning to work after baby arrives it is also a good idea to seek support for this as well. A lactation consultant can provide advice on when to pump, cleaning of breast pump parts, and proper storage of milk along with several other concerns working moms may have.
Now let’s look at issues involving baby. If you have a premature or late pre term (34-36 6/7 weeks) infant it is recommended you seek extra support for breastfeeding. If your baby refuses to latch, has difficulty latching or staying on the breast contact a lactation consultant for an evaluation. Difficulties with latch or breast refusal can occur with babies of all ages. Remember pain with feeding is not normal, reach out for support sooner than later. If you feel your baby is not gaining weight, is jaundiced, spitting up frequently, or crying for prolonged periods of time collaborate with your pediatrician and a lactation consultant to get to the root of the issue.
For mothers many situations also exist in which additional lactation support is recommended. Seek support if you have flat/inverted nipples, sore nipples, breast engorgement, or a history of breast surgery. Should you have concerns regarding your milk production and whether or not baby is taking in enough milk seek the assistance of your pediatrician and a lactation consultant. Lactation consultants can also help advise you on issues like mastitis, thrush, and clogged ducts. Your physician as well as an IBCLC can also address questions regarding medications and breastfeeding. If you need to have a surgical procedure seek support, as breastfeeding will not likely need to be disrupted. Other unique situations can include breastfeeding an adopted baby or re-lactating.
Lastly, if you are feeling stressed, discouraged, or just need reassurance reach out! Many times a simple phone call can be just what a mom needs to keep things going in the right direction.
The Care Connection has lactation consultants on staff to help you. They can be reached at 716.725.6370 and can also see you in the office if they are unable to answer your questions over the phone. Give them a call today!