I am newly aware of how lousy many Hospital Lactation Consultants are. A friend of mine had a cesarean 2 weeks ago, and baby ended up in the NICU. He also has a breathing condition, where if he gets too excited, he can't breathe well. He is having some trouble with staying calm with breastfeeding, until the milk is letdown.
Apparently the two hospital LCs she dealt with, didn't even give her the most basic of suggestions, such as giving him say half of a bottle of breastmilk, and *then* latching him on when the edge of hunger is gone. Or, stimulating letdown with the first show of interest in nursing from baby, and then latching him on with milk already flowing. Or, using a SNS until he gets the hang of it.
I'm disappointed, and left wondering how many women are receiving less than adequate support, information, or encouragement in breastfeeding...particularly if there are any even slight issues.
How can this be remedied?
Since most women still choose to birth in the hospital, and I'm now seeing that many hospital LCs are not adequately trained, or very knowledgeable ( or perhaps just complacent? )...what are women to do if they themselves don't know where to start? Is this why a good number of women who start out with intentions of breastfeeding, quit? Not enough adequate support?
I'm going to start having La Leche League information on hand, and I may just add "Breastfeeding Help" to my business card.
Why are women left without good support so often anymore? Whether it be regarding natural childbirth, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, non-vaxxing, or non-circing. Why aren't people helping more?