Although breastfeeding can make life a lot easier once you and baby have both adjusted (6-8 weeks), there can be a learning curve involved in getting the process right. The most important thing is your baby’s health and it can be scary being told that your breastmilk may not be giving baby everything they need. Unfortunately, many mothers stop breastfeeding when they may not have to.
Are Pediatricians & Doctors Qualified To Give Breastfeeding Advice?
No, not for troubleshooting breastfeeding issues. Doctors have very little lactation training and although they are aware of the general physiology of the breast and digestion of breastmilk, they do not receive enough training to qualify them to find or fix problems.
The only person who is fully medically qualified to give you correct breastfeeding advice is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). An IBCLC has a medical degree (such as nursing) as well as in depth training in breast and breastmilk physiology and hundreds of hours of practical work with breastfeeding mothers.
You can ask your local hospital if they have an IBCLC you can visit with, or if there is one in the local area. Alternatively, you can seek out a breastfeeding counsellor, a trained lay person who does not have the same medical training as an IBCLC but has an indepth knowledge and background in general breastfeeding issues and support.1 | 2