By Erin Rodriguez, Lactation Counselor
As a new mother, you may have many questions regarding breastfeeding. There are numerous books available and a lot of information on the internet about what to expect, what to do with a newborn, and how to breastfeed. All that may be helpful, but it isn’t personal to you and your needs as a new mom. Fortunately, there are many people around you and your baby that are available and willing to help with your breastfeeding experience.
Lactation counselors or consultants are trained professionals who do one-on-one consultations with moms, educating and assisting them with their breastfeeding experience. This allows mothers to get help that is tailored specifically to their individual needs and to those of their baby. Lactation professionals can be found at hospitals, OB/GYN offices, and birthing centers; there are even self-employed counselors that will come to your home. Here at First Choice Pediatrics, we have a lactation counselor in our office that will travel to your home or other convenient location, as well as work closely with your child’s pediatrician to ensure a successful and healthy breastfeeding experience.
Your baby’s pediatrician can also help you, as he/she has a good understanding of proper breastfeeding techniques. Many have personal experience, either from themselves or from a family member. They can also obtain practical resources to assist the mother with the breastfeeding process. If you have any questions, be sure to talk to your child’s pediatrician.
Lastly, every breastfeeding mother needs friends and family to support her. Breastfeeding can be frustrating sometimes, so a strong support system is key to a pleasant and successful experience. Encouragement and advice from those who have breastfed their babies can be just what a mom needs to help her with the process of breastfeeding.
Remember, there are people available to support you, to provide resources, and to assist you and your baby on your breastfeeding journey.