What is a Lactation Consultant?
A Lactation Consultant is an expert trained in assisting mother with breastfeeding and challenges related to lactation. At Simply Lactation, we are International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), which is an international certification accredited by National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). To be qualified to sit for an IBCLC exam, one is required to obtain over 1000 hours of clinical experience in direct breastfeeding assistance. IBCLCs recertify every 5 years, requiring one to keep them up to date with current skills and knowledge. Our Lactation Consultant-Safiya Momin, is an IBCLC and also a Nurse Practitioner. She has over 7 years of experience working with newborns and lactating mothers.
How can a Lactation Consultant Help?
Our Lactation Consultant helps educate, assist, support and empower a lactating mother by helping her understand the norms of a breastfeeding journey and techniques in resolving or lessening a breastfeeding issue.
- Education on breastfeeding and lactation begins before delivery. Hence, we encourage our clients to have an One-on-one prenatal breastfeeding class or a group class with our consultant. A prenatal breastfeeding class focuses on understanding the norms related to milk supply and common breastfeeding struggles in the initial few weeks after delivery. This aids a mother in being well informed.
- After delivery: most hospitals now offer breastfeeding supports with bedside nurse, IBCLC nurses, Lactation assistants and/ or Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC). We encourage you to fully use the resources and support you are offered at the hospital. Even if you are a second or third time mother, have a visit with a lactation consultant in the hospital. Our private practice offers you extended support when you discharge from the hospital. We strive to spend time with you and your family in understanding the challenges you are facing and strive to make a professional working relationship during your breastfeeding journey. A lactation consultant can assist in following:
- Direct assistance with breastfeeding in understanding deep lactating and comfortable positioning.
- Help initiate pumping, fitting proper breast flange size, and education on pumping techniques and breast milk storage guidelines.
- Form a flexible care plan tailored to you and your baby’s needs.
- Supporting a mother with low milk supply and/or baby having weight gain issues.
- Assessing and assisting a mother with the most common dilemma: “Is my baby getting enough with breastfeeding only”?
- Educating on return to work and forming a schedule for pumping and breast feeding.
- Transitioning from bottle feeding to breast.
- Preventing and managing sore nipples, plugged ducts, and breast infections.
- Assessing and providing appropriate resources for Tongue tie and lip tie.
- Assisting with weaning if needed.