Nov 22, 2022 • 2 min read

When Should You See a Lactation Consultant?

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Contrary to what society tells you, breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally. It can be painful, exhausting, and challenging to even get started on your journey. So many new moms struggle with breastfeeding the first few weeks after giving birth – which is completely normal! Putting a plan in place with the support of a professional is key to a smoother feeding experience. Read on to learn more about working with a lactation consultant. 

What is a Lactation Consultant?

First, let’s talk about what a lactation consultant is. A lactation consultant is a healthcare professional who is trained in helping with all things related to breastfeeding. From latching, to milk production, and even pumping, lactation consultants are experts when it comes to learning how to feed your baby. 

It’s easy to think you should book an appointment with a lactation consultant after giving birth, if and when you experience challenges breastfeeding. However, our piece of advice is to schedule a visit with a lactation consultant long before that happens. 

When Should You See a Lactation Consultant?

Julia, head of talent at Zaya and a Zaya mom, shares from her experience: “I would recommend taking a class or scheduling a consultation with a lactation consultant prior to delivering. That way, when you’re in the delivery room and holding your baby for the first time, you have a little bit of an idea of how it’s supposed to go.”

This way, you’ll be equipped with some knowledge about breastfeeding and feel more comfortable during the initial process. Additionally, it’s probably a good idea to schedule a follow up appointment within the first few days after coming home from the hospital. 

Julia adds: “I would also recommend that you book an appointment with a lactation consultant the day or the day after you get home from the hospital… you’re inevitably going to have questions and having that support system there is going to be invaluable in getting yourself off on the right foot breastfeeding.”

You’re Not Alone

As a mom, you might feel like you should have this all figured out. That “maternal instinct” everyone goes on and on about should apply to breastfeeding and just come effortlessly, right? In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re nervous about starting your breastfeeding journey or currently struggling, you’re not alone. Give yourself the support you deserve.