lactation-counseling

Our Lactation Consultants

Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) can customize a lactation support plan for you to help you meet your feeding goals. In your home, our office, or online we can help you troubleshoot breastfeeding and pumping questions or concerns.
 
IBCLCs are trained to assist with:
 

Comprehensive Lactation Support: IBCLCs are highly trained professionals with extensive education and clinical experience. They provide comprehensive lactation support for breastfeeding parents and infants. They are experts in assessing and addressing a wide range of lactation issues.

 

Clinical Assessment: IBCLCs can conduct thorough clinical assessments to identify and resolve breastfeeding challenges. This includes evaluating latch, milk supply, infant oral exams, and addressing issues such as nipple pain, engorgement, and tongue-tie.

 

Individualized Care Plans: IBCLCs create personalized care plans tailored to the unique needs of each parent-baby pair. They consider the health and medical history of both parent and baby to provide evidence-based guidance.

 

Advanced Problem Solving: For complex breastfeeding issues, IBCLCs offer advanced problem-solving skills. They can help with conditions like mastitis, low milk supply, and infant feeding difficulties.

 

Education and Counseling: IBCLCs educate parents about breastfeeding techniques, infant nutrition, and family well-being. They offer emotional support and guidance throughout the breastfeeding journey.

 

Follow-up Support: They provide ongoing follow-up support to ensure that breastfeeding goals are met. This includes addressing any emerging challenges and adjusting care plans as needed.

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Our Lactation Counselors

In addition to IBCLCs, we also have trained lactation counselors who serve our community.
 

Lactation counselors are trained to assist with:

 

Breastfeeding Education: lactation counselors are trained in the basics of breastfeeding education. They provide valuable information on breastfeeding techniques, positioning, and infant nutrition.

 

Support and Encouragement: lactation counselors offer support and encouragement to new parents as they begin their breastfeeding journey. They help build confidence and answer common breastfeeding questions.

 

Latch and Positioning Assistance: lactation counselors can assist with initial latch and positioning to ensure a comfortable breastfeeding experience for both parent and baby.

 

Basic Troubleshooting: lactation counselors can address common breastfeeding challenges, such as sore nipples and engorgement. They provide practical solutions and guidance.

 

Referral to IBCLCs: In cases of more complex or persistent breastfeeding issues, lactation counselors can refer mothers to IBCLCs for in-depth assessment and advanced support.

 

Community Resources: They often have knowledge of local resources and support groups for breastfeeding families, helping connect new parents to additional support networks.

Be sure to check out our Milk Moms OKC group for free community support.

“My family LOVES Farah! She allowed me to gain the confidence I needed to continue breast feeding! After going through 4-5 lactation consultants before, not a single one has been as helpful and caring as her. I highly recommend her services! Thank you Farah!”

“I first met Jessica when I went to her breastfeeding basics class at Thrive Mama Collective. I took my husband with me and I was so impressed with her knowledge and effectiveness about preparing moms for breastfeeding. My husband even got a lot of good information out of the class (note to all future mamas: having your husband understanding even the basics of breastfeeding is incredibly helpful in those early days as you do not want to have to be “teaching” your husband about breastfeeding when you are in those exhausting days of newborn). Despite feeling pretty good about starting breastfeeding I had some latch difficulties and had Jessica do some home visits: a) it was wonderful already having a trusted person to turn to when I was struggling and b) she was so supportive and helpful.

There are so many “normal” parts of breastfeeding that seem to be missing from common knowledge about breastfeeding and it helps to have someone tell you about them and encourage you in your breastfeeding journey. Latch difficulties have since been worked out and breastfeeding is going great and I credit that in part to the support and coaching I got from Jessica.

She also helped me prepare for pumping as I have gone back to work and this is going well so far as well. At her encouragement I have attended some peer to peer support groups that she leads which has also been helpful. All in all you will be in excellent hands with Jessica!”