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Why you should be working with a lactation specialist

Updated: Mar 21

Breastfeeding is natural. It’s what’s best for babies. It will happen easily, right?

For some, breastfeeding seems to work without much fuss. For others, there can be a LOT of fuss. Unfortunately, we all know someone who says, “I wanted to breastfeed, but [enter reason here].” I’m always sad to hear those stories. Perhaps with the proper support, things could have gone differently.


In my experience working with families, it seems that with the guidance of a lactation professional, most parents can reach their breastfeeding goals.


Common Breastfeeding Challenges


Breastfeeding is biologically normal; however, many lactating parents encounter a roadblock or two along the way. The most common feeding challenges I help with are nipple pain, low milk supply, and latching difficulties.

Other difficulties I help with include:

  • Sleepy infants who won’t feed

  • Long and frequent feedings

  • Breast engorgement

  • Breast refusal or “nursing strike”

  • Tongue Tie

  • Plugged ducts

  • Thrush

  • Mastitis


The Benefits of Working with a Professional


As a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS), I am uniquely qualified to provide essential support for breastfeeding. I can help you achieve a comfortable latch, learn the optimal feeding positions for you and your baby, select the right breast pump and flange size, boost and maintain your milk production, and more.

During our time together, we work collaboratively to troubleshoot breastfeeding challenges. I can offer personalized assistance by carefully assessing both you and your infant. After your assessment, I will create a unique care plan to support your breastfeeding goals.

I also work collaboratively within the health care team and, when appropriate, will refer you to other health care providers (IBCLC, physician, or other practitioner) for further assessment and treatment.


“Hope” is not the same as “Help”


Breastfeeding is a learned skill, and as with any kind of learning, setbacks can and do happen occasionally. Sometimes, parents rely on “hope,” thinking the challenges they are experiencing will improve on their own with time.  Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and many parents eventually abandon breastfeeding due to these challenges.


In these instances, it’s important to recognize that “hope” is not the same as “help.”


If you or someone you know are having trouble with breastfeeding, I would love to help. Together, we can work towards getting you and your baby back on track.

Whatever your feeding goals, I will do my best to help you achieve them.

Do you have questions or want to learn more about my services? Book a First Meeting with me by clicking "Book Now" below!



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