How to get help with breastfeeding

Many mothers feel they need help with breastfeeding, especially with their first child. Where can you find this help?

How to get help with breastfeeding

 

While breastfeeding is easy for some mothers and babies, many other mothers need extra help. However, there are many things you can do to avoid problems and to get your breastfeeding off to a good start.

Before the baby is born

Attending a prenatal class is a good idea. You will learn how important skin-to-skin contact is in starting your milk supply, and you will likely receive other helpful advice about breastfeeding. The person responsible for the course can give you a list of local lactation consultants, lactation consultants, or support groups. If not, write down the name of experts in your area and the phone number of a breastfeeding helpline, and find out if there are any groups near you.

Remember to also include breastfeeding and early skin-to-skin contact with your baby in your birth plan. This will help you ensure that the healthcare professionals caring for you are aware of your wishes.

Who can offer help with breastfeeding?

If you need help after your baby is born, seek it out quickly. A minor problem can quickly get worse, although most problems can be fixed quickly and easily if caught early.

Healthcare professionals often have standard training in breastfeeding support. If you have more complex needs, you can go to specialists who have specific training. These can be divided into two categories: lactation consultants and lactation consultants:

Lactation consultants and specialists

They have a high level of knowledge and can help you with many of the more complex problems, such as a baby who does not gain enough weight or refuses to latch on.

Lactation consultants

The help of a lactation consultant is required for more complex problems, such as diagnosing a reduced milk supply and helping mothers with premature babies. After their name, they will have the IBCLC badge, which means that they are members of the International Council of Certified Lactation Consultants and have extensive training. Visit their website to see if anyone is registered.

Support or advisory mothers

They are mothers who have breastfed their babies and are trained to help with common problems. They can tell you if your baby is latching on well and is getting enough milk. If your baby is not latching on well, they can help you find a better way to position it. If they spot a problem that they can’t help you with, they’ll tell you who you can go to fix it.

What problems can an expert help with?

Some of the most common breastfeeding issues are summarized below, with links to further advice.

A baby that won’t cling

Ideally, your newborn will latch on during the first hours of life. If it doesn’t, or if the grip is uncomfortable, a midwife or other supportive mother can check. Don’t be afraid to ask to have the grip rechecked. Even if it has already been done at your birthing center. If your baby is still not latching on after 24 hours. If you are no longer in the maternity unit, a reputable lactation consultant (IBCLC) can offer further assistance. Learn more about how to get a good grip.

Sore nipples

The most common reason is an incorrect latch on the baby. A support mother or counselor can help you adjust your position. If the pain is significant or persistent, even after adjustments, a reputable lactation consultant (IBCLC) can check for another cause that has not been previously detected. Learn more about sore nipples.

Breast engorgement

The best way to avoid engorgement (breasts that are excessively full and hard when the milk “rises”, usually between days two and four) is to feed your baby frequently. A lactation consultant can show you how to massage your breasts. And express milk by hand or with a pump to reduce pressure. If your baby is unable to breastfeed due to engorgement. You will need to see your midwife or a lactation consultant. Learn more about congestion.

Concern about supply

Many mothers worry about their milk supply for the first few days. A supportive mother or your midwife or nurse can advise you that it is normal for the baby to feed every hour or two during this phase. Everything will be fine as long as you produce a good number of wet and dirty diapers and gain enough weight. Learn more about what to expect during the first week of breastfeeding.

If your baby is not gaining weight, a lactation consultant or consultant can prepare a feeding plan for you to ensure nutrition and maintain your supply. Learn more about reduced milk supply.

It’s good to talk

Sometimes you may just want to be told that your baby’s behavior, such as nursing too often or waking up often at night, is normal, especially if this is your first time as a mother. In this case, it can be reassuring to talk to someone who has breastfed their own babies and knows what to expect, such as a supportive mother or counselor.

The most important thing to remember is that while breastfeeding can be exhausting at first, with the right preparation and help, it can be very easy. And if problems do arise, getting help from experts quickly can fix them.

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