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Procedure - Lactation Counseling

Several things can come between new mothers and their breastfeeding plans: an erratic schedule, lips that will not latch, chaffed nipples, and other problems. Breastfeeding is not easy and, in fact, almost three-quarters of all nursing moms get outside help for breastfeeding questions and issues. Breastfeeding is a unique bond between mother and baby, but it’s also an incredibly valuable source of nutrients for newborns. Don’t abandon breastfeeding due to initial difficulties; schedule a visit with an Ogden Clinic Lactation Consultant in Ogden or Farmington.

What is lactation counseling?

Ogden Clinic Lactation Consultants in Weber and Davis Counties are professionals who are passionate about helping moms and babies breastfeed successfully. They are trained experts on guiding women through breastfeeding problems including latch issues, painful nursing, and low milk supply. Lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. They may be certified as a doctor, nurse, midwife, or other licensed healthcare professional, and have taken college-level classes on human anatomy, infant development, nutrition, psychology, and other related topics.

Ogden Clinic Lactation Consultants teach classes on breastfeeding or train others to counsel women on breastfeeding. These experts also receive ongoing education to maintain their certification and keep their skills sharp.

Lactation Consultants sometimes employ breastfeeding equipment like breast pumps and they can also recommend helpful tools like nipple shields or provide nipple care. They know the ins-and-outs of breast milk storage and can answer specific questions based on your unique breastfeeding, pumping, and breast milk bottle-feeding routine.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Human breast milk is universally accepted as the best nutrition for a newborn baby. The nutrients found in breast milk strengthen the baby’s immunity and result in fewer eye, ear, lung, and GI infections. Consuming breast milk promotes healthy nutrient reserves in a newborn and also correlates with a healthy weight throughout the baby’s lifetime.

In addition to promoting healthy weight gain for the baby, mothers who breastfeed tend to return to her pre-pregnancy weight faster than those who do not nurse. A couple other benefits for mom include lower incidence of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.

Breastfeeding is challenging, but lactation counseling can help. If you struggle to breastfeed or have low milk supply, schedule a consultation with an Ogden Clinic Lactation Consultant in Ogden or Farmington today.