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Nursing a child may be one of the most difficult processes for a mother other than actually giving birth. Not only are you adapting to motherhood but you’re learning to overcome new challenges and trying to get comfortable with breastfeeding, which can be tricky! This is where lactation consultants can be a lifesaver! Here are just some of the benefits of finding a lactation consultant:
1. Questions and Concerns
When you’re first beginning your breastfeeding journey, you will undoubtedly have a lot of questions. Spending some one on one time with a lactation consultant can be extremely helpful and help address questions and concerns. This will especially helpful if you experience things like engorgement, clogged ducts, and/or supply issues. Having your questions and concerns addressed quickly and easily will make nursing so much easier
Breastfeeding is an art and there are certain techniques a mother can learn to position herself for breastfeeding success. For instance, sometimes it can be a challenging to achieve a proper latch, but a lactation consultant can teach you how to achieve a good latch on a regular basis. Not only will this reduce pain but it will maximize milk flow for your babe. This is just another way your life will be made easier having someone to explain and show you proper techniques of nursing.
As soon as the slightest sign of a problem begins to appear, you may begin to doubt your abilities. Every mom experiences ups and downs; lactation consultants have seen it all and they know the best advice for things like breast infections, pain in the breasts, mastitis, and other common issues. Having someone with you who can relate is always more reassuring.
4. Milk Supply
Another area of expertise that lactation consultants possess is knowing all the tips and tricks of achieving a healthy milk supply. Whether it’s the foods you’re eating, the amount you’re breastfeeding, or supplements you should be taking, there are a ton of different pieces of advice your consultant may offer you to aid the production for your child.
In addition to providing all the technical and physical help that you may need while breastfeeding, there’s the emotional aspect as well. Your lactation consultant will likely become one of your trusted peers and will provide emotional support to help you through the entire process. This love and support is just as important as any advice a lactation consultant can provide.
Written by Melissa LaHann, Founder and CEO of Happy Fig, LLC
Like many moms before her, Melissa cradled her hungry, crying baby as she clumsily adjusted her bra and sat uncomfortably holding up her shirt. Before she knew it, her baby was squirming, her shirt was falling, and the nursing session was interrupted. She needed a better solution, so she created LatchPal, the first nursing clip of its kind.
LatchPal is a breastfeeding shirt clip that holds up a mother’s shirt during breastfeeding. It eliminates shirt re-positioning and feeding disruptions, and helps a mom nurse hands-free in comfort to maximize milk flow. LatchPal was designed with moms in mind. The multi-use solution only requires one hand to latch. It’s a must-have breastfeeding accessory and essential for post-partum moms, pumping moms, and nursing in public.
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