Lactation consultants can be so helpful if you are breastfeeding for the first time, or even if you've breastfed before. Their knowledge is invaluable.
Even though breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby, people can occasionally run into difficulties throughout their breastfeeding journey. A lactation consultant is the best person to aid you during these times.
In fact, I recommend having one on standby for when your baby arrives as they can offer huge reassurance even if there is no particular issue present. An IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) is an experienced and highly qualified breastfeeding specialist in the medical world.
Here are ten reasons why I recommend a lactation consultant
- According to the www.alcireland.ie a lactation consultant will have sat an exam that is considered to be at Masters level. This highlights the level of professionalism that this role entails. A lactation consultant is the most qualified person to help you with all things breastfeeding.
- A lactation consultant will come to your home (or your maternity hospital in some cases) which means that the consultation and help occur in the place you feel most comfortable. They will arrange a time that suits you which makes it very convenient.
- It can be the very thing that encourages you to continue breastfeeding. A breastfeeding difficulty will in most cases have a breastfeeding solution and a lactation consultant has a wealth of knowledge on all issues that may arise.
- In many cases, your health insurance provider will reimburse you part of the fee that you have paid as it is considered a medical expense.
- A Lactation consultant will always use evidence-based facts and knowledge throughout their work. They are constantly up-skilling and re-training to ensure this is the case.
- Meeting a lactation consultant may be preventative in terms of other breastfeeding issues down the line.
- They may be able to refer you for specialist care such as correcting a tongue-tie which may be an obstacle in your breastfeeding relationship.
- A lactation consultant will carefully examine your breasts, your babies mouth and the way your baby feeds. This visual and physical exam is in-depth and you and your baby will have their full undivided attention which may not be the case when seeking help from a midwife or hospital worker.
- They will suggest and guide you through a plan to ensure that your difficulties are addressed. This may include some reading materials and video/website recommendations to help you in the future. It may also include a follow-up appointment or phone call to see how things are going.
- Breastfeeding should not be painful. It can be uncomfortable at the beginning as you become used to the sensations. A lactation consultant will address the issues that are causing you pain so that pain-free breastfeeding can happen. This makes breastfeeding a much more positive experience.