Lactation consultants help with breastfeeding difficulties. They can guide breastfeeding positions, latching techniques, milk production, and more while offering support to mothers experiencing emotional difficulties with breastfeeding. Lactation consultants are valuable resources for mothers who want to ensure that they are providing their babies with the best possible nutrition, and there are important questions to ask a lactation consultant to ensure confidence in breast feeding.
Questions to Ask a Lactation Specialist
1. How Often Can I Breastfeed?
The frequency of breastfeeding is often called the “breastfeeding schedule.” The most important thing to remember is that there is no set schedule that all mothers and babies must follow. Each baby is different and will have unique feeding needs. Some babies may need to breastfeed more frequently than others, and some may be able to space out their feedings more. It is important to listen to your baby’s cues and allow them to breastfeed as often or as little as they need.
2. Can Breastfeeding Hurt?
It is common for mothers to experience soreness or pain when they first start breastfeeding due to a poor latch or position. However, if the pain continues, it may be a sign of an infection or other issue. If you are experiencing pain while breastfeeding, it is important to contact a healthcare provider or lactation consultant, who may recommend latching techniques, lanolin cream, or different positions.
3. What Can I Eat and Not Eat While Breastfeeding?
There are a few things to consider when thinking about what to eat while breastfeeding. Make sure that you are eating a well-balanced diet to ensure that you are providing your baby with the nutrients they need. Some foods may cause gas or fussiness in babies. If you notice that your baby is particularly fussy after you have eaten certain foods, you may want to avoid those foods while breastfeeding.
4. How Do I Know If My Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk?
Many mothers worry that they are not producing enough breast milk for the baby. This is a common concern, but it is important to remember that every mother and baby is different. Some babies may need more breast milk than others, and some mothers may produce more breast milk than others. There are several signs that you can look for to ensure that your baby is getting enough milk, including producing at least six wet diapers daily, gaining weight at a healthy rate, and being alert and active when awake.
5. How Can I Store My Breast Milk?
If you are pumping breast milk, it is important to store it properly to ensure that it does not spoil. You can store breast milk in the refrigerator for up to four days or in the freezer for up to six months. Make sure to label the milk with the date that it was pumped so that you can use it before it expires.
6. When Should I Wean My Baby?
The decision of when to wean your baby is a personal one. Many mothers choose to wean when their baby is around six months old, but some may continue breastfeeding for a year or longer. Ultimately, when to wean should be based on what is best for both you and your baby, and a lactation specialist can help you decide when this time is.
Lactation Specialist Services at Parker Pediatrics
You may have more questions to ask a lactation consultant, and at Parker Pediatrics in Colorado, we understand the importance of breastfeeding and are here to support you through your journey. Our certified lactation consultants can provide you with one-on-one support. Contact us today by calling 303-841-2905 to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.