What to Expect from Lactation Counseling

What to Expect from Lactation Counseling

Having a new baby can come with a steep learning curve. From diapering to swaddling to getting the car seat installed properly in the car, there is often a lot of trial and error as new parents find their way. Breastfeeding, too, can be a challenge. Lactation counseling can help.

Dr. Thomas Hatchett, our midwife nurse practitioner Britteny Barron, and our top-notch team at Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia, provide personalized care and support for women throughout all stages of their lives. Whether you're dealing with a health issue, seeking preventive services, or are having a baby, we can help you navigate the entire process, including assisting with breastfeeding after birth.

Breastfeeding benefits

While choosing to breast or bottle feed is a personal decision, breastfeeding comes with a number of benefits for both the mother and baby. Women may have a decreased risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and ovarian and breast cancer. Babies can experience a reduction in health conditions like asthma, obesity, and type 1 diabetes, as well as suffering from fewer respiratory, ear, and gastrointestinal infections. They also have a decreased risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Breastfeeding challenges

Just because breastfeeding can be good for mom and baby, however, doesn't mean it's always easy.

Mothers can experience a variety of problems including cracked, sore, or painful nipples, breast engorgement or milk supply issues, and plugged ducts or breast infections. Babies may struggle with latching or sucking or may have tongue-tie, with the tongue still attached to the bottom of the mouth. Babies may also refuse to nurse or not gain weight properly. Even once a woman and her baby get nursing figured out and into a routine, the need for pumping and bottle feeding with breastmilk when the mother needs to return to work can pose another set of challenges.

Lactation counseling

Lactation counseling can be both helpful and reassuring. A counselor listens to your goals and aids in creating a plan to accomplish them. They can also provide practical tips on finding the best nursing position and ensuring the baby is latching properly.

In addition, a lactation counselor can make recommendations on treating cracked or sore nipples, how to deal with engorgement, and ways to maintain or increase the milk supply. They can also help determine a feeding schedule, ensure the baby is gaining weight, and teach you how to use a breast pump.

If you're having challenges or feeling overwhelmed when it comes to breastfeeding, lactation counseling can help. Call our office at 706-229-4718 for an appointment today or book one online.

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