Why Everyone Should See a Lactation Consultant

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January 2, 2024


 

Breast and chestfeeding are built-in ways to nourish your baby that offer plenty of health benefits for both lactating parent and child. However, for many new parents, the feeding journey can be challenging and overwhelming. It’s a good idea to see a lactation consultant for support. An IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) offers the expertise, guidance, and encouragement you need.

At Jewell Chiropractic, our goal is to support the whole person through each stage of life. We provide services for everyone from babies to parents to help our Portland community feel their best. Feel free to contact us with any questions, book an appointment online, or check out our group/class schedule.

See an IBCLC for Expert Support

Regardless of how “natural” it is to produce milk for your child, it isn’t always easy or straightforward. There are plenty of stumbling blocks that parents encounter in their breastfeeding or chestfeeding journeys. Here are some of the top reasons to see an IBCLC for guidance and expertise.

Help with the Basics

Bodyfeeding is a learned skill. For most generations of parents, there were experienced folks involved in the labor, delivery, and postpartum process to help teach this skill. Today’s parents, however, often don’t have that level of support among their family or friends.

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An IBCLC is a trained professional who offers expert guidance on proper latch and positioning techniques to ensure a successful feeding experience. Sometimes, a very minor adjustment is all that’s needed! This personalized assistance can make a significant difference in the initial days and weeks of feeding a new baby. 

Support During Feeding Challenges

Breastfeeding and chestfeeding difficulties are common. An IBCLC can identify and address these challenges early on, preventing potential complications and ensuring a smoother feeding experience. 

With their training and expertise, IBCLCs can help you navigate the following challenges:

About 60% of parents do not breastfeed their children as long as they planned to, often due to these difficulties. Getting help from an IBCLC can help you meet your feeding goals.

Confidence and Empowerment

Feeding your child from your body can be an emotional journey, and many parents experience self-doubt or anxiety, especially if they encounter difficulties. And on top of everything, your hormones are doing all kinds of things during those first postpartum weeks. Oh, and you may be getting a lot of unwanted advice from friends and family, too.

It's a good idea to see a lactation consultant as soon as possible after having a baby.

An IBCLC not only provides practical assistance but also plays a crucial role in building your confidence. By offering reassurance, education, and a supportive environment, these experts empower parents to navigate the complexities of breast or chestfeeding with confidence.

Help with Preventing and Managing Complications

In some cases, medical issues may arise that impact bodyfeeding, such as tongue-tie or mastitis. IBCLCs can collaborate with healthcare providers to identify and address these complications promptly. Early intervention can make a significant difference in overcoming challenges to help you meet your feeding goals for your child.

Jewell Chiropractic Offers Lactation Support

Breastfeeding or chestfeeding is a unique experience for every parent and baby. While some have a smooth journey, others encounter challenges that require expert guidance. Taking time to see an IBCLC is a proactive step toward ensuring the best possible start for you and your child. 

At Jewell Chiropractic, we offer a lactation class for parents to learn the basics of bodyfeeding, including a discussion about successful pumping. We also offer appointments with our IBCLCs to set you up for success. You can sign up for our next class here or claim your appointment here. See you soon!

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