What does a lactation consultant do? Why should I see one?

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

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.

~Becky Franzen, IBCLC, CLC

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