Why Would You Need a Lactation Consultant?
why you may need a Lactation Consultant.
- My baby won’t latch.
- My nipples KILL.
- My baby cries every time I put her to my breast.
- I dont think I have milk.
- I have way too much milk.
- I am going back to work, how do I keep this up?
- I am sick, can I breastfeed? Can I take this medication while breastfeeding?
- I have a premature baby, I need help pumping! I need help pumping in general!
- I want to stop breastfeeding/pumping, how do I go about that?
- My baby is losing weight!
- I had breast surgery prior to breastfeeding, can I still do this?
- I am breastfeeding multiples, how do I manage?
- I had a poor experience in the past with nursing, how do I make it better this time?
- My baby has special needs, how do I accommodate?
- I have little support at home with little encouragement.
- I am doubting myself.
- I am looking to doctor google for a little too much.
- My nipples look funny after nursing, is that normal?
- What should I eat?
- I have so many random questions!!!
It’s really hard to do this all on your own and nearly impossible to prepare for every scenario beforehand. Questions may even arise later about biting, introducing solid foods, introducing a bottle, how does breastfeeding affect sleep, what if you get thrush, when to wean, or a million other things.
I remember telling my older brother I was becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and his response was, “Why? Women really need help with that? 100’s of years ago did they have Lactation Consultants? I doubt it.”
I sort of stumbled. My brother was and is one to never let me feel too good. I can appreciate that aspect of our relationship. And with this topic… he’s right; there wasn’t the official title with the formal education credits and clinical hours. Nor a board to pass to earn the title. But for sure, there were people that acted similarly to the role.
Hundreds of years ago women were taught how to breastfeed. With that said, if a woman was of a particular social class, she likely used a wet nurse. But, before the Industrial Revolution, women breastfed, no questions. My point? The skill was always learned and passed down. Women grew up seeing their moms or older sisters or their aunts breastfeeding. More importantly, they had in-home, ongoing support from family while learning the skill with their newborn. Family was the “lactation consultant.”
I reference a little US history here. But, here’s a link to NPR’s “Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know” –> click here to listen. It supplements my point of how important early support is, no matter where you are from.
Photo from NPR – Jose Luis Trisan/Getty; Hadynyah/Getty; Sarah Wolfe Photography/Getty
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