A lactation consultant or specialist is often a nurse who has been trained to teach and advise women about breast-feeding. Lactation consultants may be associated with birth units in hospitals.
Lactation consultants are often most helpful for women who:
- Have never breast-fed before.
- Have had previous problems breast-feeding.
- Have a chronic health problem, such as diabetes.
- Have had breast surgery.
- Are breast-feeding more than one child.
- Plan to breast-feed while working outside the home.
- Need help using a breast pump.
- Have problems with breast or nipple pain.
- Have a baby who does not seem to be breast-feeding well.
- Have a special-needs baby, such as one who was born premature or with a health problem that may interfere with breast-feeding.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant|
|Last Revised||April 13, 2011|