What To Expect From My IBCLC
Sometimes things don’t always go as planned and breastfeeding your newborn has become more difficult than you first expected.
You might be thinking “I have scheduled my appointment with my IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and I am not sure how to be prepared.”
Taylor Made Doulas has all the tips and tricks and what to expect when visiting with your IBCLC.
There are several reasons as to why you may be having difficulty breastfeeding your newborn and you are taking the first steps in the right direction by scheduling this appointment. Your professional consultant will dedicate up to two hours alone in a private setting to go over what could be possible causes and ways to remedy the problems.
First and foremost, your lactation consultant is going to need to evaluate your breastfeeding, so remember to bring your baby to the appointment ready for a feeding.
If you fill up their bellies beforehand, your basically defeating the purpose of the appointment! Don’t worry, the little bit of fussiness that may come when they’re hungry will be well worth the wait when you have your consultant to guide you during feeding time. If you have been pumping, bring your equipment with you so your IBCLC can also advise on this if necessary.
Make sure to bring your nursing shirt and bra not only for comfort but to avoid any unnecessary steps.
Upon your visit, your lactation consultant will go over your basic health history and a wellness check of your baby. They will be inspecting your baby’s mouth and their sucking ability, as well as weighing before and after the feeding. The reason for the weighing is to gauge how much your child is receiving from your breast during a feeding as mother’s often worry about low milk supply.
Inadequate feedings can be improved by simple changes to positioning and latching.
Sometimes it is difficult for new mother’s to know if their baby is latched properly but this is what your consultant is here to help you with. Improper latching can result in sore, cracked nipples and make breastfeeding even more difficult to attempt.
As your lactation consultant observes you and baby during feeding time, she will suggest not only positions of your hold but when to switch sides and tips on burping to ensure your child isn’t full of gas and discomfort.
Once you have reached a mutually beneficial feeding position for you and baby, you and your lactation consultant will write a guide based off of what works and what didn’t so you have something to reference when back home.
If you are feeling overwhelmed about breastfeeding and struggling, remember that when it comes to nourishing your child, fed is best. If you cannot breastfeed your baby, this doesn’t mean you have failed. When you are looking for extra support during this time, our postpartum doulas understand that you have important things to focus on when figuring out your babies needs and meeting them. Taylor Made Doulas provides nonjudgmental, professional support for you and your family, contact us today for more information. .