Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and rewarding things you’ll experience as a new mom, but it doesn’t always come without challenges. Because of this, many moms have a million questions running through their minds--When will my milk come in? Am I producing enough milk for my baby? Are there things I should and shouldn’t eat during this time? The list goes on and on.
If you’re a mom, we want you to know that you’re not alone in this! So many women like you face challenges when it comes to breastfeeding, which is why working with a Lactation Consultant can be an amazing option.
Here at Majka, we want to provide you with the best resources so that you can enjoy your motherhood journey and feel confident in the decisions you make. That’s why we reached out to International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Rebecca Agi! Rebecca teaches online breastfeeding classes and specializes in in-home and virtual lactation consultations. As a new mom herself, she understands the importance of breastfeeding support as well as the challenges new moms face on a day-to-day basis.
We sat down with Rebecca and asked her to share the 3 most commonly asked questions she receives about breastfeeding as a Lactation Consultant. Here’s what she had to say!
This is the number one question I get asked as a lactation consultant. If you can agree to the following 4 statements, chances are your baby is getting enough!
I recommend staying away from sage, parsley and peppermint while breastfeeding as these herbs can greatly reduce milk supply for some women. Alcohol and caffeine, however, do not need to be entirely avoided but should be limited.
This is a question I get a lot from expecting moms. Proper positioning/correct latch is the number one way to prevent nipple soreness and discomfort. There's no nipple cream or balm available that will help prevent soreness if the latch isn't correct. It's also really important to break the suction with your finger at the end of a feeding if your baby doesn't self-detach. Once you get the latch down, things (should) get much easier! If it doesn’t, I highly recommend seeking help from an IBCLC.
Rebecca Agi is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with a private practice based in Los Angeles, California. Rebecca teaches online breastfeeding classes and specializes in in-home and virtual lactation consultations. As a new mom, Rebecca understands the importance of breastfeeding support as well as the challenges new moms face on a day-to-day basis. For more information, please visit www.BestMilkLA.com. You can also follow Rebecca on Instagram @BestMilkLA.
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