Lactation Specialist in Phoenix and Scottsdale
Our lactation specialist helps moms in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas with all aspects of breastfeeding.
Support can start from before your little one arrives, right through to when they are getting to grips with feeding for the first few weeks, and beyond.
Nursing is a new skill for both mom and baby to learn, and there will be inevitable bumps in the road. But you don’t have to go through these hurdles alone or allow simple issues to spiral into bigger problems.
Working with our lactation consultant will allow you to take control of your breastfeeding journey, and help both you and your baby get the very most from nursing.
You’re not alone! Get help with breastfeeding today.
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world. But that doesn’t mean it’s without its challenges.
A huge 60% percent of women do not breastfeed for as long as they originally intended, and this is often down to common breastfeeding problems and lack of support. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed for around the first six months of their lives, and there are indeed many benefits of breastfeeding, from its convenience and lowering the mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, to protecting infants from infections.
A lactation consultant can help you with the full spectrum of breastfeeding issues whilst providing vital education, preparation and support. They can help you and your baby to benefit from many advantages of breastfeeding, and to enjoy a positive nursing experience.
What is a lactation consultant?
A lactation consultation is a professional whose purpose is to provide moms with breastfeeding help, whether it’s their first baby or their fifth.
Their support doesn’t only begin after your baby has arrived, as many lactation consultants offer prenatal education on breastfeeding, to help moms (and dads) prepare. It’s clear from statistics that breastfeeding often isn’t as easy or straightforward as many moms anticipate, so thorough preparation and education is a smart investment.
Lactation specialists also assist with practical baby feeding issues and hurdles, including:
Sore or cracked nipples
Poor milk supply
Too much milk
Trouble finding a comfortable breastfeeding position for both mom and baby
Difficulty with hitting weight milestones
Emotional barriers to nursing
Baby refusing the breast
Baby falling asleep at the breast
This list is not exhaustive, and however common or unique your breastfeeding issue is, an experienced lactation consultant can help.
How do lactation specialists help new moms?
As a new mom who has never breastfed before, it can be difficult to identify the root cause of your nursing issues.
For example, many moms think that they simply have to put up with severe nipple pain and cracking, but nursing should not be painful. Pain like this is often down to issues with latching, and it can quickly get worse if not rectified.
An experienced lactation consultation will be able to expertly access you and your baby’s unique situation, and find the right solutions for you. They will listen to your concerns and answer your questions with compassion and empathy, and will be a source of support throughout your breastfeeding journey.
Breastfeeding feels like a very personal, emotional and even vulnerable thing for many moms. A lactation consultant will provide support and breastfeeding help without judgement, and from a holistic point of view.
Emotional barriers are taken just as seriously as any physical troubles, and it’s important that you feel comfortable enough to disclose any relevant information to a lactation specialist, including thoughts, feeling, diet, your birth experience etc, so that they can help you best.
Why is it important to seek help with breastfeeding?
There is no need to suffer in lonely silence. Getting expert help from a lactation specialist has many benefits, including:
Being a new mom can be a stressful and emotional time. It’s a huge time of change for both your body and mind. Hormones decrease rapidly postpartum, which can make moms feel especially down, anxious and/or emotional. These emotions can be magnified if you had a traumatic birth.
Breastfeeding shouldn’t add to your postpartum stress levels. It should be an opportunity to bond with your baby and be an overall enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Our lactation consultant in Phoenix and Scottsdale can help reduce
anxiety around nursing and help you take control of your own breastfeeding journey.
Identity issues quickly
Common and relatively simple breastfeeding issues such as tongue ties, poor latch and blocked milk ducts can quickly spiral into bigger issues. But it can be very difficult for new moms to figure out what they’re doing “wrong”, or they may not know who to ask for help.
A lactation specialist is the ideal person to ask.
They are trained to identify these issues swiftly and with empathy. What can feel like a huge and scary problem to a new mom can usually be put right with correct technique.
Answer your breastfeeding questions
There’s no such thing as a silly question when it comes to nursing, but as we’ve said, it can be tricky for new moms to know where to go to get the right answers.
Many rely on the internet for quick help and advice, but this can be a curse as well as a blessing. Each breastfeeding journey is unique, and nothing compares to the attentive support and expert advice of a lactation consultant.
In addition to Google, a common place for new moms to get breastfeeding help is friends and family.
Although they can provide great support, friends and family struggle to give you unbiased, judgment-free and expert nursing advice.
You can think of our lactation consultant as a friend who has your best interests at heart, and who you can trust to provide you with honest, specialist and neutral support. This is extremely valuable for new moms.
Ultimately, a lactation consultant will use their expert knowledge of all things breastfeeding to help you and your baby enjoy its wonderful advantages.