What is a lactation consultant?
Typically located at hospitals, lactation consultants can help you get started with breastfeeding. They will teach you about breastfeeding before you give birth and guide you through any questions you have along the way.
There are different reasons to see a lactation consultant. A new mother may need general tips for breastfeeding while another mother might be experiencing new challenges that a lactation consultant can guide them through. You can even see a lactation consultant by taking a breastfeeding class while you’re still pregnant.
Common topics you may discuss with a lactation consultant include:
- Breast engorgement
- Breast milk supply concerns
- Breastfeeding at work
- Infant weight gain
- Issues with latching
- Sore nipples
For example, if you feel that your child isn’t getting enough milk, a lactation consultant can give you breastfeeding tips to ensure that your child is receiving as much milk as possible. A lactation consultant will also assist you in the transition back to work, teaching you how to maintain milk supplies while away from your baby.
What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
If you’re still deciding whether to breastfeed, there are many benefits for both you and your baby to take into consideration.
Benefits for you:
- It decreases the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers.
- It returns you to your pre-pregnancy weight more quickly.
- It encourages rapid uterine toning, reducing blood loss after delivery.
- It lowers the risk of postpartum depression.
Benefits for your baby:
- Breast milk contains baby’s first natural immunization defense.
- Breast milk increases the effectiveness of administered immunizations.
- Breast milk decreases the risk of illness, allergies, asthma, certain childhood cancers, obesity, diabetes and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Breast milk increases the chance of having a higher IQ.
- Breast milk contains endorphins, a natural painkiller.
Don’t be afraid to talk with your friends and family member about their experience breastfeeding and ask your doctor any questions that you may have afterwards. No matter your decision, our dedicated staff are here to support you throughout your journey into motherhood.