Nearly 14 years ago, with my first born son, I was one of the 81% of mothers to initiate breastfeeding, but I was one who did not meet my personal goals. I watched friends nurse their children—in what seemed to be an effortless fashion—and I felt defeated. Years later, when my second child was due I was determined to make breastfeeding work for us. I didn’t want to go through what I had with my first, so I armed myself and my spouse with all of the breastfeeding knowledge I could garner. And we did it!
IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) aren't people we typically see when breastfeeding is going well. If we are working with one, we usually are tired, stressed, worried, overwhelmed, maybe in pain, or even wondering if our child is getting enough to eat. In this situation, it often feels like the most we can do is to contact one and hope they can help.
What are some reasons to check in with an IBCLC? It is often having a “gut feeling” that something isn’t right with breastfeeding. Additional reasons to see an IBCLC include :
Are you pumping milk for your baby while you are at work?
Are you exclusively pumping your milk for your baby?
Are you ready to ditch the pump?
Are you exclusively pumping1 and needing or wanting to stop pumping?
Are you wondering how to decrease pumping sessions? Are you tired of pumping at work? While there is no “right” time to wean from the pump, the American Academy of Pediatrics2 recommends providing human milk (or formula) at least for the first year whenever possible. Read More:
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