Breastfeeding is often idealized. After all, breastfeeding is natural, right?
Right… but that doesn’t mean easy.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, know that you are not alone. Those who get there without facing any challenges are quite the exception!
In fact, the postpartum period is an intense time of challenges and adaptation that requires some learning, both for mom and baby. Support from those around you and from health professionals is one of the main factors for success.
Who better to facilitate your journey than a dietitian who is also certified breastfeeding consultant (IBCLC), who has breastfed her babies for a total of almost 4 years?
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any nutritional or technical questions (baby’s weight gain, difficulty latching, pain or injury to the nipples, breastfeeding strike, weaning, etc.)
During a consultation, the breastfeeding consultant draws up an overall picture of the situation in order to find suitable solutions. To do this, she asks you questions about your medical history and that of your baby, the pregnancy, childbirth, the first days after birth as well as current breastfeeding. She then proceeds, with your agreement, to a physical assessment of your baby and, if necessary, of your breasts. She will also observe a full breastfeed.
She will then provide you with suggestions, in particular, to improve your comfort and the transfer of milk to the baby. In partnership with you, an action plan is developed to resolve the problem.
A follow-up is sometimes necessary to assess breastfeeding progress, make additional suggestions, or, address any new issues that may arise. Depending on the situation, a follow-up can be done by phone or in person.