Breast Care

When to Call a Lactation Consultant

Often, new parents do not know when to reach out for lactation help. As a Lactation Consultant, I am here for education before birth, support after the baby is born, and whenever your breastfeeding journey is ending, no matter the age. There are various issues we are available to assist with. Some baby issues would be Jaundice, Refusing/difficulty latching, poor weight gain, gaining weight too rapidly, frequent crying or fussing, feeding “all of the time”, babies born early, and frequent spit-ups to name a few. Other issues a Lactation Consultant can help with are painful latches, low milk supply, engorgement, clogged milk ducts, mastitis, questions, and help with breast pumps and flange sizes.

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Megan Cook, BSN, RN, IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant)

Most breastfeeding moms who return to work need to use a pump to supply milk while away. When it comes down to picking a pump; find one you’re comfortable using. Make sure you use it and check it out before returning to work.

When it comes to flange, the right fit matters, and most pumps come with different sizes. Just because it comes with it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right size. One of the reasons to see a lactation consultant is that we can fit the size of the flange, which can help with pumping comfort and milk output.

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