WHY AN IBCLC?
Once you suspect something is not “quite right”, trust your intuition and contact an IBCLC. The longer you wait, the more difficult the problem may be to resolve.
WHY A FAMILY MIGHT NEED AN IBCLC
A board-certified lactation consultant is an invaluable asset to breastfeeding families, reassuring you when breastfeeding and lactation are going well, and by providing information and support to help prevent and manage common concerns. IBCLCs help with:
Prenatal counseling about the factors that may affect breastfeeding and lactation, including breast-surgeries, PCOS and other hormonal issues, and insufficient glandular tissue. Pre-adoption or intended parents or LGBTQ+ choosing to breastfeed/chestfeed
Basic position and latch of the infant
Information about practices that promote successful breastfeeding and lactation
Preventing and managing common concerns such as poor latch, inadequate milk transfer or supply, nipple or breast pain, and calming a fussy baby
Milk expression and storage for parents who must be separated from their babies
Strategies for breastfeeding and lactation after returning to work
Breastfeeding and lactation in challenging situations, such as feeding twins or multiples, a premature infant, or infants that have special medical situations. Also infants in need of a tongue or lip tissue release. I work with wonderful providers throughout the Treasure Valley. I have interviewed and worked with each one of them and am able to attend if you would like me to come, and I follow up with you closely giving you lots of needed support and resources.
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