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Lactation Consultation


An educational offering that provides a comprehensive overview of breastfeeding promotion and assistance strategies is available for breastfeeding advocates. Lactation consultants are trained to assist mothers in preventing and solving breastfeeding difficulties such as sore nipples and low milk supply. 

Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is recommended for the following situations:

    • Mother with prior breast reduction surgery

    • Induced lactation in adoptive mothers and other non-nursing mothers

    • Mother feeding a premature baby discharged from the NICU

    • Mother breastfeeding infant born between the ages of 35-37 weeks gestation and experiencing milk supply or any other breastfeeding issues

    • Mother breastfeeding twins or triplets with difficulties

    • Any Latch-on and/or positioning difficulties

    • A newborn who has lost more than 10% of his birth weight and does not begin to gain adequately (1 oz. /day) by the time mother’s milk comes in

    • A mother who doesn’t feel her mature milk has come in by day 5 postpartum

    • A baby who resists latching, or is fussy, agitated, or seems uncomfortable at the breast

    • A baby who is not passing meconium, or ceases to stool after the meconium is passed

    • If baby has low output in diapers.

After completing the program, participants will be able to: 
1) describe the process of normal lactation; 
2) discuss strategies that health care providers can use to enhance breastfeeding during prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and weaning phases of lactation; 
3) describe assistance techniques to facilitate breastfeeding during common challenges and in special circumstances; 
4) identify services and resources that assist each family meet their unique breastfeeding goals based on informed decision-making.

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