Lactation Counseling

As a lactation counselor, it is our job to assess and counsel on ways to improve breastfeeding.

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Lactation Counseling

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful bonding experience for a mother and her baby. However, the breastfeeding journey may not always go as planned. As a lactation counselor, it is our job to assess and counsel on ways to improve breastfeeding. Working together to achieve all breastfeeding goals, whether these goals may be just a few weeks or over a year. Referrals back to the OBGYN and/or pediatrician may be needed to ensure both mother and baby remain healthy. Lactation counseling services are performed in person but may also require follow up phone calls or visits.

Reasons for contacting a lactation counselor can include the following:

  • Breast and/or nipple pain during feedings (This is not normal.)
  • Mastitis, engorgement, clogged ducts, yeast infections.
  • Trouble latching or baby staying latched.
  • Baby not gaining weight.
  • Low milk supply.
  • Feelings of anxiety/depression while breastfeeding.
  • Baby not seeming satisfied after feeding.
  • History of breast surgeries/enhancements, abnormalities, and/or concerns.

Lacey Weeks, RN, CLC has 10 years of professional experience. She started her career in nursing in 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center. In 2014, she began her current role as a nurse at The Woman’s Clinic. Recently, Lacey obtained her Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) designation. At The Woman’s Clinic, we are happy to provide this service to help better educate, support, and celebrate mothers as they build confidence in their breastfeeding journeys.