Parenting is rarely straightforward and something that many of us have struggled with is breastfeeding. That's where a lactation consultant can come in handy.
What is a lactation consultant?
A lactation consultant is someone who offers specialised advice and support to mums and their babies throughout the stages of breastfeeding.
Why use a lactation consultant?
Many women can find breastfeeding tricky for various reasons including low milk supply, latching, positioning, pain and more. It's also not uncommon for women to hire a lactation consultant for a second child if they had a previous bad experience with breastfeeding.
A lactation consultant can help by providing one-on-one support that is specific to the mother.
How much will it cost?
As lactation consultants are usually private and set their own costs, prices vary but can start from £50. The final price will also depend on experience, whether you would like a home visit or are happy to do a video call as well as how much time you require and any follow-up appointments.
Lactation consultants near me
If you're interested in finding lactation consultants near you, visit Lactation Consultants of Great Britain and enter your postcode.
Alternatively, NCT has a feeding support line where you can speak to a breastfeeding counsellor.