A lactation consultant is a healthcare provider that specializes in caring for breastfeeding moms.
They are advocates who can offer support to new moms from birth until weaning.
Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Emily Hannaman, is able to help with nursing problems such as:
- Assess for plugged ducts, mastitis, thrush, engorgement, and other breastfeeding related ailments
- Assist breastfeeding babies with special needs and prematurity
- Counsel moms on emotional and physical barriers to breastfeeding, including postpartum depression or a difficult start
- Develop an individualized feeding plan to help overcome breastfeeding challenges
- Evaluate infant suck and coordination at the breast, nipple pain, breast discomfort, slow or sleepy feeds
- Guidance on the safety and impact of medications, medical procedures, and illness on breastmilk and breastfeeding
- Help families achieve their breastfeeding goals and address all questions or concerns
- Help increase milk production and determine the cause of potential low supply
- Help moms with medical challenges to breastfeed
- Information on the health benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby
- Introducing a bottle, returning to work, teething, and weaning
- Perform weighted feeds during consults to see a snapshot of how much baby takes at the breast
- Prenatal lactation appointments to develop goals, address questions and concerns, and what to expect in the first few weeks
- Provide a full feeding assessment including positioning and latch tips
- Provide guidance for pumping moms including pump selection, use, and replacement
- Provide referrals to trusted health care professionals, as needed
- Troubleshoot pumping output, schedule, pump fit, and function
- Weaning from a nipple shield
Lactation specialists can also help with feeding premature babies or infants with physical or neurological disabilities. No matter your setback, your consultant can work directly with you to develop a personalized solution.