Getting the right support and guidance can mean the difference between struggle and success. A new study found that many moms abandon breastfeeding due to early difficulties, and you have to wonder how many would have continued if only they had the right resources and support. No matter how your breastfeeding journey unfolds, know that you’re not alone. Here are some helpful resources for you to learn more, build a support team, and learn where to turn if you’re having trouble along the way.
Talk to your OB/GYN or pediatrician.
Some Lactation Professionals practice privately, while others work at a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office. Your healthcare provider should be able to recommend someone near you, and might also work closely with a Lactation Consultant to support you as a team.
Check with your insurer.
You can check to see if lactation counseling is covered under your insurance plan. Our survey shows that 96% of insurance policies cover lactation support without copay. If you are eligible for WIC assistance, your local office may offer a breastfeeding peer counselor or other Lactation Professional to help, too.
Visit the International Lactation Consultant Association’s website.
This worldwide network of Lactation Professionals includes an extensive directory of registered International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) that is updated every two weeks.
Locate your nearest La Leche League Leader or group.
La Leche League International is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing breastfeeding information, education, and support for nursing mothers. Visit their website to find breastfeeding resources and to connect with a La Leche counselor or support group.
Ask Medela’s LC or search our locator.
Pumps are a big part of what we do, but they’re not the only thing. We are committed to supporting mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies by providing the best breastfeeding related services, too. You can consult one-on-one via email with our Board Certified Lactation Consultant, who will assist you with any breastfeeding questions and concerns. You can also locate products, rental services, and Lactation Professionals near you by searching our network.
Have you consulted with a Lactation Professional? How did you get connected with the support you needed? Share with us in the comments below.