Who Is a Lactation Consultant?

A lactation Consultant is a certified lactation professional that assists breastfeeding/new moms in their efforts to breastfeed their newborn infants. They also provide prenatal education and prepare you during pregnancy for breastfeeding.

Lactation support improves the early initiation of breastfeeding, breastfeeding rates and exclusive breastfeeding duration.

While breastfeeding is one of the healthiest ways to feed your baby, it doesn’t come naturally to all new mothers. That’s where lactation consultants come in.

What does a lactation consultant do?

A lactation consultant can help you navigate any number of new born feeding challenges including

  • Clogged milk ducts/engorgement
  • Struggles with finding a comfortable or right feeding position especially after C-Sec
  • Cracked and sore nipples
  • Dealing with a baby refusing to breastfeed
  • Expressing and storing breast milk
  • Feeding twins or triplets
  • Poor milk supply
  • Pain while breastfeeding
  • Feeding premature baby
  • Maintaining milk supply when separated from infant