Breast milk. It does a baby good.
But what if you’re having troubles? Where can you turn for support, coaching and 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.
Here’s a video that shows exactly how a lactation or breastfeeding consultant works to help you and your baby
If you have insurance, you can probably see a lactation consultant for free
Good news! It seems that the US 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.
Looking for a lactation consultant in your area?
Here’s a full post on how to find a lactation consultant who’s a good fit for you.
Need breastfeeding help?
Here are more breastfeeding resources
How about you?
Did you work with a lactation consultant? How was your experience? Share with us in the comments below!