Here’s a video that shows exactly what it’s like to work with a lactation consultant and how they can support you and your baby with breastfeeding.
Breast milk. It does a baby good.
But what if you’re having trouble breastfeeding your baby? Where can you turn to for support, for coaching, and for some good old fashioned help?
Try working with a lactation consultant!
A lactation consultant is like a personal trainer in all things breastfeeding. As health care providers, they specialize in offering nursing assistance and education for families.
Many hospitals have lactation consultants on staff. Or you can hire one to come to your home for a personal consultation. To me, they provide “life and death” assistance, since not being able to feed your baby can be a scary emergency.
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If you have insurance, you can probably see a lactation consultant for free
Good news! It seems that the U.S. healthcare system is finally getting hip to just how helpful a lactation consultant can be. The Affordable Care Act now requires most insurance plans to cover lactation support!
You can learn more in my post, How to Get a Free Breast Pump, but the short version of the story is to call your healthcare provider and ask about lactation consultant coverage. You may be surprised to find out that this vital service is actually covered.
Just note that the exact terms of coverage (how many sessions and where they take place) are likely to vary from plan to plan—you may have to do some digging, but it’s totally worth the effort.
Looking for a lactation consultant in your area?
There are great lactation consultants in all areas of the country.
The fastest way to find an certified lactation consultant is to check the International Lactation Consultant Association’s website and enter your zip code to find one near you.
You can also ask your local La Leche League leader or Breastfeeding USA counselor for a list qualified individuals. They may even be able to give input on which lactation consultant is best for your unique situation.
Remember that lactation consultants can work in hospitals, but many have private practices. A private practice may offer home visits—a huge relief when you are struggling to feed your baby. The downside is these types of practices are less likely to be covered by insurance.
Want to learn more? Here’s a full post on how to find a lactation consultant who’s a good fit for you.
Need breastfeeding help?
I’ve got tons of resources for new breastfeeding moms who are looking for some extra pointers. Check it out below:
Breastfeeding Gets Easier (So Stick With It!) Cheat Sheet
Here are more breastfeeding resources
How about you?
Did you work with a lactation consultant? How was your experience? I’d love to hear all about your experience. Share with us in the comments below!