If you plan to, or are considering breastfeeding your baby, you may consider meeting with a lactation consultant before the birth of your child to help prepare yourself. Breastfeeding support may include Breastfeeding Counselors or Lactation consultants. These professionals can help guide and coach you through the breastfeeding process, which can provide essential nutrition to your newborn.
Search CiC’s Provider Network to find a breastfeeding consultant near you.
Further reading on this topic:
The World Health Organization, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics and many other health care authorities have stated that breastfeeding is the best thing for our babies and yet it is not something that every new mom does. Many pregnant women lack experience with very young babies and haven’t seen babies breastfeeding. For some there are unavoidable early difficulties, both physical and social. This article examines the process of breastfeeding and its benefits, the difficulties it might present, and who can help when the going gets tough.
Jeanille & Michael with Kaden, 6 months © Madame Chang