What is a Lactation Consultant?
Lactation consultants have received training and certification in breastfeeding and human lactation support. They provide counseling, offer corrective interventions, and compassionately assist mothers in achieving their breastfeeding goals.
The postpartum period is one of adjustment. Your women’s health provider and lactation consultant will work to make these adjustments as smooth as possible.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby
Breastfeeding can begin within the first hour of birth and is one of the first opportunities you have to bond with your newborn through skin-to-skin contact. It can provide many benefits to babies because:
- Breast milk has the right nutrients and minerals to support your baby’s growth.
- Breast milk adapts to your baby’s changing nutritional needs.
- Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest.
- Breast milk contains antibodies that protect infants from certain illnesses.
Breastfeeding can offer several benefits to you too. For example, breastfeeding can make it easier to lose the weight you may have gained as a natural and healthy part of pregnancy. It can also reduce the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Ask About Lactation Support Today
If you’re experiencing any difficulties breastfeeding your baby, Women’s Health Arizona is here to help. Contact your provider today and they’ll guide you toward the lactation support you need.