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What information should a mama look for when choosing a Lactation Consultant


*The provider should be a IBCLC or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  IBCLC certification is the Gold Standard In lactation care. 

1. Assessment: The lactation consultant will assess the mother and baby's breastfeeding technique, latch, and positioning. They will also evaluate the baby's oral anatomy and the mother's breast health.  In most cases the lactation consultant will obtain the baby’s weight and evaluate weight gain against the World Heath Organization’s growth curve for breastfeeding babies. 

2. History Taking: The lactation consultant will ask the mother about her breastfeeding goals, any previous breastfeeding experiences, and any challenges or concerns she may be facing.  Take a full history of mother and baby.  Will obtain a consent for care from the mother and the baby. 

3. Observation: The lactation consultant will observe a full breastfeeding session to identify any issues or difficulties. They will look for signs of effective milk transfer, such as audible swallowing and visible milk transfer.  In most cases, they will perform a weighted feed to determine how much milk the baby drank during the breastfeeding session.  

4. Education: The lactation consultant will provide information and education on breastfeeding techniques, positioning, latch, and milk supply. They may also discuss common breastfeeding challenges and how to overcome them.

5. Problem-solving: If any breastfeeding problems or challenges are identified, the lactation consultant will work with the mother to develop a plan to address them. This may include strategies to improve latch, increase milk supply, increase infant weight gain and/or manage any breastfeeding-related pain or discomfort.

6. Support: The lactation consultant will provide ongoing support and encouragement to the mother throughout her breastfeeding journey. They may offer follow-up consultations or refer the mother to additional resources or support groups.  Some lactation consultant may provide a support group for ongoing support.

7. Follow-up: After the initial consultation, the lactation consultant may schedule a follow-up appointment to assess progress and provide further guidance if needed.

It's important to note that the specific components of a lactation consultation may vary depending on the individual needs and circumstances of the mother and baby.

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