When to Call a Lactation Counselor
- Pain when latching baby to breast is an indicator something is not right with the latch. Pain is NOT normal.
- Cracked or bleeding nipples.
- Baby is fussy, crying, or inconsolable during or following a feeding.
- Baby is not gaining weight or, if gaining, gaining at a slow rate.
- Cluster feeding is normal to a degree. If your newborn is feeding every hour to hour and a half, they are likely exhausted and not full.
- You don't feel comfortable (physically, mentally, or emotionally). Always trust your gut. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
Nursing should NOT be a painful experience. While many people say pain is common,
COMMON DOES NOT MEAN NORMAL.
There is a reason for the pain. Let's figure it out.
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Lactation Consultations with a Certified Lactation Counselor
If you need immediate breastfeeding support, please TEXT or CALL our certified lactation counselor at 702.720.4416.
Many times women are told to "stick it out" and wait for things to improve, but many issues can be solved with an assessment by a qualified lactation professional. A proper latch is important for many reasons. A poor latch typically results in a tired baby and an exhausted mother, as well as a painful and negative nursing experience. An improper latch requires babies to work harder to transfer milk, resulting in fatigue before they are adequately full. Do not continue with discomfort, we are here to help!
What does a deep latch look like on the inside?
This is a great video for visual representation for what happens in baby's mouth. Video by Ameda.
Sometimes babies feed more efficiently in different positions.
Click on the graphics for step by step directions or visit Breastfeedo to explore positions and learn which is best for you and your baby.