If you’ve heard it once you’ve probably heard it a thousand times: breastfeeding is natural, but it isn’t easy. Thankfully, it’s the 21st century and women today have many options to choose from to ensure their baby gets healthy breastmilk and that the process goes as smoothly as possibly. One of the most important people you can choose to include in your breastfeeding support tribe is an IBCLC lactation consultant.
Make Sure Your Lactation Consultant is IBCLC Certified
The IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) certification is an extremely difficult certification to earn. It’s a testament to the knowledge and hard work these consultants put into honing their craft. IBCLC lactation consultants are considered “Registered Lactation Consultants.” They spend thousands of hours with moms and babies. They’re required to study child development and anatomy and physiology.
All of their knowledge comes in handy when it comes down to you navigating breastfeeding.
Find Someone You’re Comfortable With
Many moms find that in the early days of breastfeeding their patience is low and even more than that, their confidence suffers. Find a lactation consultant that you’re comfortable with and who has a patient, tender approach to helping you get the hang of breastfeeding.
Part of finding someone you’re comfortable with is interviewing them. Don’t be afraid to make a few phone calls and talk to the lactation consultant you’re interested in before actually hiring her.
Questions to ask when interviewing a lactation consultant:
- How long have you been an IBCLC?
- Have you ever dealt with (insert issues you might be facing)?
- Do you do bodywork with newborns who are having latch issues?
Ask for Referrals
Many cities and hospital systems have breastfeeding support groups on Facebook. Try connecting with other women in your local group and asking for honest reviews. Be clear about what you want from your lactation consultant. Ask for recommendations of consultants who meet your requirements.
Breastfeeding doesn’t have to be alienating or scary. Finding the right lactation consultant could make all the difference in how your journey goes. If you’re interested in learning more about breastfeeding or finding a breast pump that works for you, contact us.