Updated: Sep 15
A lactation consultant is a health professional who works with women who are breastfeeding or
pumping breastmilk to feed their babies. She is the most qualified person to answer your
questions about breastfeeding and pumping and works together with moms to solve challenges
that may arise during the breastfeeding journey. In a day’s work, a lactation consultant may
work with a baby who will only feed with a nipple shield, a mom who is experiencing cracked
and bleeding nipples, a baby who won’t latch because of a tongue tie, or a mom who is
exclusively pumping and wants to make sure she is using the correct size flanges with her
breastpump, among many other scenarios.
You may wonder why you should see a lactation consultant. Prenatally, it is recommended to
take a breastfeeding class so you are prepared when your baby arrives. After baby is born, it is
important to see a consultant if breastfeeding hurts during most of the feeding, your nipples are
cracked, bleeding, or have changed in shape after baby eats or if you have concerns about your
baby. If your baby isn’t gaining weight appropriately, doesn’t seem satisfied after feeding, or
isn’t able to latch or stay latched are other good reasons to see a lactation consultant. Her
expertise will help resolve your difficulties in a timely matter.
~Rebecca Franzen has a Master’s degree in health and wellness with a focus in lactation and is an
International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant at Statera Integrated Health and Wellness.
Her favorite part of being a lactation consultant is being a companion and encourager to all
moms and babies on their amazing breastfeeding journeys. To schedule an appointment call 563-207-8932, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.