Do I really need to see a lactation consultant?
As natural and normal as breastfeeding may be, it doesn’t always come easily for new moms.
Actually, more times than not, new moms struggle with breastfeeding and getting their baby to latch properly. Although nurses and doctors have some training and/or experience with breastfeeding, an IBCLC or CLC is a lactation professional, who is best suited to help on your breastfeeding journey. An IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. This is most likely who you would see in your hospital after giving birth and a CLC is a Certified Lactation Consultant.
Maybe you are struggling with a painful latch, or baby is not gaining weight, both of these issues can be assessed and assisted with the help of lactation support. If you plan to breastfeed, seeing a lactation consultant in the hospital may be most helpful in starting off your journey successfully. However, when you arrive home help is still readily available. Reaching out to your local Le Leche League (LLL) or local breastfeeding center to get in home support can help you to continue to successfully breastfeed. You don’t have to struggle through it alone.
Doulas of Prince George’s County has IBCLCs and CLCs on staff that offer in-home support. Contact us today to learn more!