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What is a Certified Lactation Consultant?

A certified lactation consultant is a health professional who specializes in breastfeeding. They can help you navigate the process of breastfeeding, including proper nursing techniques and positioning, nipple care, and milk supply. Along with rigorous education, clinical experience, and examinations, consultants are recertified every five years to ensure that they provide expert services and support.

When Should I Meet with a Lactation Consultant?  

Breastfeeding is a choice each woman should make based on her preferences and needs. However, some women may feel hesitant to continue breastfeeding attempts after facing some feeding challenges. You may want to meet with a lactation consultant if you experience any of the following:

  • Breast engorgement or infections
  • Painful or sore nipples
  • Concerns with milk supply
  • Your baby is struggling to latch
  • Your baby is not gaining weight

Breastfeeding support can help create a smooth transition for both you and your baby. Every baby is different, so even if you have breastfed previously, you may benefit from lactation guidance.

What Can I Expect From Lactation Support?

Breastfeeding can cause a range of emotional and physical challenges for both first-time parents and those who have breastfed before. Breastfeeding support from a certified consultant helps you better understand your and your baby’s needs.

Depending on the breastfeeding challenges you’ve encountered, your lactation consultant will observe how you breastfeed and work with you to reposition you and your baby. They can help you identify signs that your baby is latched correctly and recommend strategies and treatments to make this a comfortable experience for both of you. Lactation consultants are also here to answer any questions you have about breastfeeding, so you can confidently continue nursing your baby.

Ask Your Provider About Meeting with a Lactation Consultant

As part of the healthcare services offered at Premier Women’s Health of Minnesota, our providers can help you get the support you need as you adjust to breastfeeding. If you feel as though you would benefit from meeting with a lactation consultant, talk to your provider about setting up an appointment today.