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Aren't lactation consultants just for breastfeeding?

Hey there, fellow parents and soon-to-be parents! Today, I want to shine a spotlight on what a lactation consultant actually does! When I tell people I am a lactation consultant I often hear "Oh, I've never heard of that. What is it?". Well, I am glad you asked!

Whether you're a new mom struggling with nursing or a dad trying to support your partner, lactation consultants are here to provide the guidance and expertise needed for a successful #breastfeeding journey. However, what many people do not realize is, lactation consultants are skilled in many aspects of infant feeding that support the breastfeeding relationship. Let's dive in and discover what makes lactation consultants so valuable.

What is a lactation consultant?

A lactation consultant is a skilled professional who specializes in breastfeeding and lactation management. Lactation consultants (IBCLC's) undergo rigorous training and education to provide evidence-based care and support to new mothers. They can work in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, and private practices, to help breastfeeding parents achieve their breastfeeding goals.

Understanding the role

Education and planning

Emotional Support

The journey of breastfeeding is unique to each parent and child. While it may be a natural process, it often requires guidance, support, and expertise to navigate successfully. Lactation consultants play a vital role in empowering new parents, offering individualized assistance, troubleshooting challenges, and providing emotional support.

Did you have #lactation support or if you are pregnant, are you planning on hiring a lactation consultant?

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