Lactation education

Breastfeeding Awareness Week: Who is a Lactation Consultant and When to See One?

Many breastfeeding mothers see a lactation consultant, who is a healthcare professional who specializes in breastfeeding. They offer advice, support and guidance to women who choose to breastfeed.

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“A lactation expert is usually needed in the first few weeks after birth, when your baby is still learning to breastfeed. You can visit or consult a lactation specialist during pregnancy, after birth, several weeks of breastfeeding or even after several months of breastfeeding,” says Dr. Varija Pai, Lactation Consultant, Motherhood Hospital, Banashankari, Bangalore.

According to the doctor, breastfeeding is a personal choice. “But, it is advisable to breastfeed for at least the first 6 months. Some mothers choose to stop due to issues such as sore nipples or lack of milk. If you want to address these issues, a lactation expert can guide and support you.

When to consult a lactation expert?

Dr. Pai says breastfeeding can be difficult, both emotionally and physically. “A lactation expert will not only provide you with the right advice, but will also be a good source of emotional support and encouragement. Consulting one will increase your chances of having a healthy and successful breastfeeding experience,” she explains. she.

A lactation expert can provide advice and support to a new mother. (Photo: Getty/Thinkstock)

She lists some reasons for a consultation as follows:

1. You may experience breast engorgement at the start of breastfeeding, with breast swelling, tightness and increase in size. It usually occurs within the first 3-5 days of breastfeeding.
2. If you have sore, cracked or sore nipples.
3. If you are concerned about milk supply.
4. I don’t know which breastfeeding position is best for your baby.
5. Blocked ducts or if you suffer from breast infections such as mastitis, a painful infection of the breast tissue that occurs during the first three months of breastfeeding.
6. Problems with latching, sucking or tongue tie.
7. If even after several days of breastfeeding, your baby is not gaining weight.
8. If your baby refuses to breastfeed.

The first few weeks after giving birth are crucial for establishing a breastfeeding habit, says the expert, adding that a lactation consultant will also review your medical history and other information regarding the baby’s health.

“They can watch you breastfeed your baby to see the breastfeeding pattern,” concludes the doctor.

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