Here are some reasons why a nursing mom may need a help from a licensed lactation consultant;


  • Difficulties with breastfeeding a previous child (what ever the reasons may be)
  •  Mother who is considering discontinuing breastfeeding
  • Having a severe engorgement  (nipples nearly flattened by edema  making it very hard to latch-on for the baby)
  • Very sore nipples (could be cracked, bleeding, bruised, or blistered), that are not improving in the first week.  (Please note that many women experience some nipple discomfort in the first week of breastfeeding, however breastfeeding should not be painful. If your nipples are damaged in any way, something is wrong and you need to get help as soon as possible.)
  • Nursing with flat or inverted nipples
  • Minimal or no breast changes during pregnancy 
  • History of breast surgery (including breast reduction, augmentation, and breast implants) 
  • Breasts that are unusually shaped or extremely asymmetric in size (Many women have asymmetric breasts, but if your breasts 2 or more cups different in size you may need some help breastfeeding)
  • Nursing after planned or an emergency C-section 
  • Maternal illness (chronic or acute) 
  • Breastfeeding twins / multiple babies
  • Induced lactation / Adoptive nursing
  • Strategies and help with working and breastfeeding
Last updated on 01/24/2010