Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. Challenges with breastfeeding are common for new moms. Most issues can be treated or solved by a lactation specialist.
Breastfeeding (nursing) your baby can be a good experience for both mother and baby. It can also be frustrating for some mothers in the beginning. It takes time and practice to get comfortable with breastfeeding. Things you can do to help the process include:
At Franciscan Health, lactation specialists are available to mothers while they are in the hospital and as outpatients after discharge. Many concerns can be addressed over the phone.
Franciscan Health supports all efforts by mothers to breastfeed their babies. We also understand that it does not always come naturally. That's why we offer resources to help in different stages of breastfeeding.