You know all about the benefits of breastfeeding, you did your research. Breastfeeding was your plan. You and your partner decided together that you were going to breastfed your baby. He has been so great, he helped out at the hospital brought you your baby whenever she needed a feed. But something is wrong, you are just not sure. You have googled and research on how to latch better, if you have enough milk or why your baby is not sleeping. You have asked for assurance on social media and all the other moms say: “its ok you will get through this”. Your partner is even now starting to ask: “is this really what we want to continue to do?” You can see that he is now hesitating and not sure if he wants you to continue because he can see how much pain you are in. Maybe you are even starting to feel like you have failed in some way? Maybe you feel you can be a better mom if you can just get this right.
Well you need to stop, you need to realize that you are not the only mom or family that is going through difficulties while breastfeeding. Yes you may not know it but there are other mothers that battle with sore/ painful nipples, worry about not having enough milk, how to get a pain free latch or not knowing which person to listen to for help. Social media is a great place to get support from other mothers but sometimes you might just need a professional to assess you and help you with your unique situation.
A lactation consultant is a person that has the ability to help you walk your breastfeeding journey with you. She will be able to help you with your breastfeeding and answer your questions regarding: “Can I make enough milk for my baby? Do I have Mastitis? Does my baby really have a tongue tie or how am I going to express enough milk for when I go back to work?” Her goal is to help you and your family reach your breastfeeding goal even if your goal is to just breastfeed for the first month or 3 years.
A lactation consultant is a professional that has specialised in the clinical management of breastfeeding. They are often medical professional (ranging from midwives, doctors, dietitians, physiotherapists, psychologists or occupational therapists). For a list of lactation consultants click here