Do I need a prenatal lactation visit before baby arrives?
Yes, we know you have a lot to do to get ready for baby while you are still pregnant. But if you are thinking about nursing, and/or giving your baby pumped milk, you might want to consider a prenatal consult in your third trimester of pregnancy. While breastfeeding is a natural process, it can sometimes present challenges, and being prepared can make a world of difference in your breastfeeding journey.
Here are a few key reasons why you might want to consider a prenatal lactation consultation:
Education and Preparation: During your prenatal consultation, you will receive valuable information about breastfeeding, including the basics of latch and positioning, milk production, and how to get off to a great start. Being informed before your baby arrives can help you feel more confident and ready for this important aspect of motherhood.
Addressing Concerns and Questions: Every pregnancy is unique, and you may have specific concerns or questions about breastfeeding. Whether you're worried about nipple pain, latching issues, or any other potential challenges, a prenatal consultation is the perfect opportunity to discuss these concerns with a professional. We can also address whether there are any markers for why someone might not be able to make a full milk supply. This way, you can plan ahead and have solutions ready if needed.
Partner Involvement: Involving your partner in a prenatal lactation consultation can be incredibly beneficial. They know you better than anyone and when they can gain a deeper understanding of breastfeeding they are better equipped to provide meaningful, loving support, whether it's helping with positioning, emotional support, or assisting with all that comes with nighttime feedings.
Breastfeeding Plans: Together with your lactation consultant, you can create a personalized feeding plan tailored to your unique circumstances and preferences. This plan can address your specific goals, such as exclusive breastfeeding, pumping, or combination feeding, and help you stay on track.
Building a Support Network: Connecting with a lactation consultant before your baby's arrival can help you establish a support network. You'll know who to turn to for guidance and assistance if any issues arise, making it easier to reach out when you need help.
In summary, scheduling a prenatal lactation consultation can greatly contribute to getting off to a great start with a successful breastfeeding experience. It provides you with the knowledge, confidence, and support you need to embark on your breastfeeding journey. Remember, you're not alone on this path, and a skilled lactation consultant can make all the difference in your breastfeeding success. So, go book a prenatal consultation now to help ensure a smooth start! Click here to schedule with Milkwell™