A lactation consultant is a certified healthcare professional that understands the ins-and-outs of breastfeeding. Many nurses, pediatricians and medical professionals are certified, but private lactations consultants often conduct in-home visits and are covered by insurance; all you need to do is make a phone call.
Reasons to call a lactation consultant include:
1. Your nipples are sore – This is one of the most common reasons moms stop nursing. Sensitivity is expected after delivery, but painful, cracked, or bleeding nipples means somethings wrong with the latch. Call a lactation consultant.
2. Your baby loses 10% or more body weight – A bit of weight loss after delivery is normal, but more than 10% might mean there’s a feeding issue. Your doctor might refer you to a lactation consultant.
3. You’ve had a breast reduction or augmentation – Neither of these procedures means you can’t breastfeed, but you might face some additional challenges. A lactation consultant can give you guidance.
4. You’re having latch troubles – If your baby is having a hard time latching on to your breast or staying on for long periods of time, call a consultant. Sometimes you just need a change of technique or position.
5. You had an unpleasable breastfeeding experience in the past – Failure can be defeating, especially when you’re an exhausted parent. If you had trouble in the past, speak up early to head off the problems.
6. You are concerned about your milk production – If you think you aren’t making enough milk, a lactation consultant can determine if that’s the case and give you some tips to increase your production and make sure baby gets it all.
7. You are breastfeeding multiples – Nursing twins or triplets is a whole different ball game. You’ll need some special strategies that your doctor or mom friends can’t provide.
8. You are going back to work – You’ve mastered breastfeeding, but now you have to figure out how to pump and safely store your milk. A whole new challenge!
9. You had a complicated delivery – Not all difficult deliveries affect breastfeeding, but some do (like ones with significant blood loss or high blood pressure). A lactation consultant can help you through these complications.
10. You have questions – It’s impossible to determine every eventuality, so it’s important to use a lactation consultant as regular resource. You might have questions about biting, introducing solid foods, introducing a bottle, how breastfeeding affects sleep, how to clear up thrush, when to wean, or a million other things. It never hurts to ask!
From providing clinical support to physicians, to providing every level of support to mothers, those who reach out to us can feel comfortable their breastfeeding needs will be met with the compassion and love needed to restore and support breastfeeding journeys.
We provide a full range of services to the families of our community. We bring together experts in the field of childbirth, lactation and parenting to guide and counsel families on their journey as parents. We offer breastfeeding consultations, breastfeeding classes and support groups as well as childbirth and parenting classes.
Kathy Parkes is a registered nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association, has a Masters in Nursing Education degree, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She has been an IBCLC since 1992.
Breastfeeding Classes and Informaiton
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North Central San Antonio:
15303 Huebner, Bldg 15
San Antonio, TX 78248
Out-of-town service areas:
Boerne, Bulverde, Bandera, New Braunfels, San Marcus, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Floresville, Pleasanton
La Leche League is an international, non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Accredited by La Leche League International, volunteer Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who are familiar with current research in all aspects of breastfeeding.
Our classes are held at Go Baby Go (where our Breastfeeding Center is located) at 6104 Broadway, #C-4, San Antonio, Texas 78209. Call 210-960-6452 with any questions. Classes include Breastfeeding Essentials, Going Back to Work for the Breastfeeding Parent, Sleep & the Breastfeeding Baby, and more.
SABC is recognized as a coordinating resource for breastfeeding support and education in the San Antonio area. Our desire is to involve the entire community in making a difference for breastfeeding families.
WIC is the non-emergency Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. If you qualify for WIC, you can receive food benefits, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and health care referrals at no cost. WIC services are available to pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants and children younger than 5 years old.