According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies receive the most benefits when mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of the baby’s life and continue to breastfeed well into the first year at least. On the other hand, while breastfeeding is immensely healthy for both babies and mothers, some women may find it more challenging than others.
Fortunately, if you are not producing an adequate supply of milk, have a baby who can’t latch correctly, have extremely sore nipples, or have inverted nipples, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to breastfeed properly. Here at Blue Ridge Pediatrics, LLP, on Blue Ridge and Brier Creek in Raleigh, NC, we have qualified and compassionate lactation support consultants that can help you achieve all of your breastfeeding goals.
What Exactly is a Lactation Support Consultant?
While breastfeeding is among the most natural and healthiest ways to nourish your little one, the reality is that it does not always come naturally to every mother. This is where valuable help from your lactation support consultants comes in. Put simply, these are professionals who know the ins, outs, and twists of breastfeeding and can help new mothers breastfeed their babies successfully, and likewise provide preparation and prenatal education for couples who are expecting a baby.
When Should You Call a Lactation Support Consultant?
The most ideal time to reach out to our Blue Ridge and Brier Creek Raleigh, NC, offices for lactation support is when you’re still pregnant so that you can obtain physical and mental prep tips for what’s to come. You’ll be practicing proper breastfeeding positions and get expert advice on everything from how your partner can help to how to produce more milk. It’s also vital to point out that guidance from a lactation support consultant can be particularly helpful if you have birthed a premature baby or a baby with neurological or physical disabilities.
Once your little one is finally here, your lactation support consultant can help you with the following common breastfeeding problems:
- Insufficient milk supply
- Difficulty hitting weight milestones
- Your baby fussing or refusing to nurse
- Your baby falling asleep while feeding
- Latching issues
- Physical and emotional barriers, like postpartum depression
- Marathon nursing sessions that leave you drained
- Struggles with proper nursing positions, particularly following a C-section
Put simply, regardless of whatever setback you may be experiencing, our lactation support consultant could work with you to create a customized solution that will ensure breastfeeding success for you and your little one.
To Learn How Our Lactation Support Consultants Can Help You, Don’t Hesitate to Get in Touch With Us
Call (919) 782-0021 to arrange an appointment here at Blue Ridge Pediatrics, LLP in our Blue Ridge or Brier Creek offices in Raleigh, NC.