By Megan Cook BSN, RN, IBCLC (International Board-Certified 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.
Following up with a Lactation Consultant can be highly beneficial after birth. Developing that connection and relationship can provide additional resources and support during the postpartum/newborn period. Our Pediatric Clinic at Woodlawn Health often sees newborns at their first pediatric appointment. This allows us to check in, see how things are going, answer any questions, identify complications, and offer support or solutions. This initial appointment can help open the lines of communication and help new parents feel supported. My main goal is to help families feel supported and to provide education to help them make informed decisions for themselves and their babies.
If you want to schedule an appointment with a Lactation Consultant, please call 574-224-2020.