What is a Lactation Consultant?
Ever since I became a lactation consultant in 2015, I have encountered misconceptions about what the role of a lactation consultant really is--the main one being that we only approve of breastfeeding, and judge families who choose any feeding method other than breastfeeding. Friends would find out that I was a lactation consultant and say immediately, as though I might automatically judge, "Well, I couldn't breastfeed because..." Patients have told me, with shame, "Last night I gave the baby formula during cluster feeding, but I only gave it one time. I know I wasn't supposed to."
My answer, always and immediately, is that there is no right or wrong way to feed your baby. You have to do what works for you, not what pleases everyone else. As a lactation consultant, I will reassure you that no matter how you feed your baby, it is never "wrong" or "harmful."
So let's clear up some of these misconceptions about what lactation consultants do and don't do.
Lactation Consultants DO:
My answer, always and immediately, is that there is no right or wrong way to feed your baby.
Although that sums up our job description, the role of a lactation consultant is so much more than that. Just because breastfeeding is healthy and natural, doesn't mean it comes naturally. This is more than just a job to us--breastfeeding is something we are truly passionate about. We are passionate about helping moms and families achieve their desired feeding goals. We want to be your support system during this exciting, stressful, scary and emotional time in your life.
Here at BTC, we:
Ultimately, we will help you find out what is best for your family and then we will support you on your journey. We want to give you the confidence and support you need in order to reach your goal of a positive mother/baby bonding experience. Our goal is to help you feel proud of the goals you accomplished and guide in how YOU choose to feed your baby. After all, mom knows best:)
To schedule an appointment with either Kendal or Jen, visit our Lactation Appointment Booking page today!
I like that you pointed out that it will depend on the mother on what works for them for feeding their own baby. For me, I would love to breastfeed my child once I have my own a few years from now. Hopefully, I can talk to a lactation consultant to know more about providing healthy milk for my child someday so that I can change my diet as early as now.
12/7/2021 01:52:52 am
Thanks for pointing out that lactation consultants help babies who are not gaining enough weight. My sister is living alone with her 2-month old baby. She is hoping to find lactation consultants on Monday who can address the baby's breastfeeding and provide the baby's medical care.
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