Lactation Consultancy

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Breast feedingis a unique bond, a biological relationship between parent and baby that satisfies many needs—physical, immunological, psychological, and emotional.

Lactation Consultant services support this unique relationship, whether it lasts for days, months, or years.

Breastfeeding support is something individual for each woman, and we prioritise the parent/child relationship when providing assistance; bringing expertise and information to parents and to help them to decide how to meet their own goals.

The key to overcoming most breastfeeding problems is early support and early detection of any issues. So if you are pregnant and interested in breastfeeding your baby, it is a great idea to gather education before the birth of your child.

Lactation consultants are accredited through the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners.  This credential certifies the lactation consultant is a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialised skills in breastfeeding management and care. IBCLCs adhere to the IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct and are required to keep their knowledge and skills current. They must recertify every five years through continuing education or re-examination.

Lactation support consultations are beneficial when:

    1. Your newborn is not latching onto the breast or is not feeding frequently or effectively enough.
      • Newborns need to nurse 8-12 times per 24 hours to receive enough breast milk and to properly stimulate breasts to make enough milk. If baby consistently falls asleep at the breast or if swallowing is not heard, milk transfer may be inadequate. It is especially important to future milk supply that milk be effectively removed from the breast during the first few days. Either the baby must be effectively breastfeeding or colostrum can be removed by frequent hand expression.
    2. Your baby is feeding more than 10-12 times a day and feeds are lasting longer than 30-40 minutes after the first week.
    3. Your baby seems especially fussy at the breast or between feedings.
    4. You have questions or concerns about your milk supply or about your ability to express milk if needed for separation due to employment.
    5. You are experiencing breast pain from plugged ducts or infection.
    6. Your baby has any physical challenges that affect breastfeeding such as tongue/lip tie, cleft palate or down syndrome.
    7. Your newborn has too few wet diapers and/or bowel movements.
      • Normal breastfed newborn voiding during the first two days includes one to two wet diapers and 1-2 stools each day. This typically increases to 3-5 wet diapers and 3-4 stools per day by days 3-5. Stools should be changing to yellow by day 5. By day 6, newborns should have at least 5-6 very wet diapers each day and at least 4 yellow stools each day.
    8. Your newborn has lost 10% of his or her birth-weight or has not regained birth-weight by 2 weeks of age.
      • Normal weight loss in the newborn period follows a predictable pattern. Most infants lose no more than 7% of their birth-weight in the first few days. After the fifth day, a baby should begin gaining and usually regains birth- weight by 10 days. After the first two weeks, newborns should be gaining at least 5-7 ounces each week.
    9. You have sore or damaged nipples.
      • Normal nipple tenderness peaks at around the third to sixth day postpartum and then resolves by the end of the second week. Any damage to the skin of the breast or nipple should receive immediate attention to avoid further damage.  Your baby should release your nipple in a regular, round, shape, with no pinching, compression or bruising.
    10. Your baby is not gaining at the appropriate rate.
      • After the first two weeks, babies should gain a minimum of 5-7 ounces a week. 4-6 month olds should gain 3.5-5 ounces a week and 6-12 month olds should gain 2-4 ounces a week.
    11. You have multiples and need extra support with feeding and milk supply.
    12. You wish to induce lactation or re-lactate.
    13. You have a history of breast surgery and have concerns about milk supply.

What will you learn in Lactation Support Consultations?

      • How to tell when your baby wants to feed.
      • How to breastfeed.
      • How to tell your baby is getting enough milk.
      • How to keep a plentiful milk supply.
      • How to avoid problems.
      • Signs that you may need help.
      • How to continue to breastfeed afteryou return to work or school.
      • When and how to start feeding other foods to your baby.

What will happen during your clinic or home visit?

Your first visit may take up to 90 minutes. The lactation consultant will ask your name, address, phone number, and your baby’s date of birth. She will need the names of your doctor, your baby’s doctor, and your health insurance provider. You may sign a privacy document,consenting to the lactation consultant touching you and your baby. She will then ask you some questions for the pregnancy, birth and baby’s health history so she can help you in the best way, including discussion of any difficulties you may be experiencing.

During the session, the lactation consultant will:

      • Observeand assess how your baby looks and acts.
      • Observe and assess your breasts and nipples.
      • Watch your baby breastfeed and offer help with positioning if you need it.
      • Show you how to tell when your baby is latched and feeding well.
      • Show you how to fix any breastfeeding problems you are having.
      • Give you written instructions to help you at home.
      • Provide you with contact details if you experience further problems at home.
      • Discuss a plan to fit your family’s unique situation, because every family is different. After a plan of care is developed you will work together to learn how to use the breast pump and talk about how to safely store and handle breast milk.

For comprehensive assessment, your lactation consultant may also:

      • Put a finger in your baby’s mouth to check your baby’s suck and mouth structures.
      • Check your baby’s weight naked to get an accurate weight.
      • Ask you to pump your breasts after your baby breastfeeds to help tell how much milk is left over.

For Lactation Consultant clinic consultations, please book online here, call (03) 98980222, or send us a message using the form below.

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