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Mom Monday: A Visit with the Lactation Consultant

Posted by Emily Newbold on

A treasure. She will forever be considered a treasure to me. Four days after bringing my first daughter into the world, I headed to my appointment at the local hospital. I was meeting with a lactation consultant because I had realized nursing was so much more than just holding my baby up to my breast.

My daughter would fall asleep every time I tried to nurse her. At three days old, her diapers revealed she had become dehydrated. The orange color in her wet diapers gave me anxiety I wouldn’t be able to nurse her much longer. So the next day I called to schedule an appointment with the lactation consultant.

Welcoming. Her smile drew me into the room and calmed my anxious soul. She showed me where to sit and brought over a foot stool to prop up my feet. “Hello sweet girl, hello sweet girl,” she whispered over and over again to my little girl as she held her in admiration. I felt safe. She cared about us. She was going to help us.

She showed me a few different positions I could nurse in and asked which felt most comfortable. Then we went over hand expressing and I was surprisingly comfortable. I’m a very modest person and was nervous walking into our appointment about being uncovered. Next she went over latching and how important a good latch is for both mom and baby.

Then magic happened. She opened from a little package, a nipple shield and brought it over. Once it was on, my baby latched the best I ever saw. She shared many other tips and tricks with me as we chatted about motherhood and nursing. It was calming and gave me the confidence I had been hoping to have all along.

My daughter began thriving. By three months she was in the 100th percentile for weight and height.

I cannot urge you enough to plan a visit to the lactation consultant if you are thinking about nursing or having a difficult time nursing. I almost gave up nursing before a friend recommended making an appointment with the lactation consultant. I’m so glad I did it!  Welcome to Mom Monday, I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Emily and currently chasing after a rambunctious 2-year-old, Elsy, and a sweet spirited 6-month-old, Avenly. Hopefully the information shared here will help fill you with as much joy on your nursing journey as I have received in mine.

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