New moms like to be prepared. Expecting moms often take joy in reading baby books, researching pediatricians, and joining Facebook support groups to prepare for the arrival of their baby. It's wise to learn about breastfeeding before the baby arrives. Often though, mothers need more support than a book or social media when breastfeeding challenges arise.
"But breastfeeding is natural", you might say. Shouldn't moms be able to work through the challenges without hiring a professional? Well, let me encourage you to think about the following reasons to call an IBCLC for help.
Lactation Consultants are the one healthcare professional whose sole purpose is to see you succeed at breastfeeding.
It's their job and their passion. They've spent countless hours reading, researching, and testing to help moms and babies who are struggling. They find joy in seeing mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. They've researched how valuable breast milk is to your baby, and they'll give you the tools to establish a healthy milk production.
You don't have to weed through Google or Facebook for advice.
When a Lactation Consultant comes to your home to help, you get unique, individual care instead of a one-size-fits-all answer. There is misinformation galore when it comes to breastfeeding, so it's best to get answers from someone who will give you answers that will help, not hinder your breastfeeding relationship.
She can watch your baby feed and help if you or baby need extra help.
Often new moms aren't quite sure if baby is latching correctly or feeding well. Babies can be sleepy at first, and sometimes it seems as though they are sleeping instead of actually eating while breastfeeding. Your IBCLC will help determine if there is a problem or if it's simply normal newborn behavior. She can give you positioning and latching help to help you achieve comfort.
She can weigh the baby.
Weight gain is one of the most important factors in knowing how breastfeeding is going. It can be helpful in the early weeks to get baby weighed when there are breastfeeding problems. Many IBCLC's can even measure the baby's intake after breastfeeding by using a specialized lactation scale. This is helpful when there are concerns about milk supply or inadequate milk removal.
You'll get breastfeeding encouragement and tips for adjusting to your new role as a mom.
Lactation Consultants are specialists in empathy. They see mothers during one of the most life-changing and emotional times of their lives. Life with a new baby can make us wonder how we will have time to balance it all. Your Lactation Consultant has seen all sorts of unique situations, and chances are, she'll have lots of ideas to help you adjust.
You'll be more likely to reach your breastfeeding goals if you get help.
Research has shown that moms who have breastfeeding support breastfeed longer. Breastfeeding challenges happen. Most moms experience some form of difficulty in the early days. Lactation Consultants want feeding to be a pleasant experience for you and your baby. They'll give you lots of tools and support to help you reach your goals.
If you need breastfeeding help, call today to schedule your in-home appointment.