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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Male wants to feed baby. Is that a lactation consultant problem?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
Male wants to feed baby. Is that a lactation consultant problem?

GIVE HIM A BOTTLE: If that isn't good enough, have him committed. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Lactation Consultant (Definition)

Using a lactation consultant to teach, observe, and make breastfeeding adjustments ...Read more


Dr. Theresa Willett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
12 years in practice
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How can I find a lactation consultant?

Dr. Theresa Willett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
12 years in practice
85K people helped
How can I find a lactation consultant?

La Leche League: If your OB or pediatric providers do not have a lactation consultant that they recommend, your next best step is to check out local and online resources through la leche league. They have state chapters and lists of certified lactation supporters, as well as online discussions mom-to-mom. You can get started at http://www.Llli.Org/webus.Html. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Board Certified, Pediatrics
36 years in practice
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What is lactation consultant?

Dr. Barry Bergman
Board Certified, Pediatrics
36 years in practice
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What is lactation consultant?

Nursing Helper: Lactaion consultants are people who specialize in helping mothers breast feed successfully. ...Read more

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Dr. Robin Larabee
Board Certified, Pediatrics
21 years in practice
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What is cost of lactation consultant?

Dr. Robin Larabee
Board Certified, Pediatrics
21 years in practice
299K people helped

It depends: Most will charge 50-$150/hour.

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Board Certified, Pediatrics
26 years in practice
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I just graduations high school and would like to become a lactation consultant. What do I have to do to get there?

Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Board Certified, Pediatrics
26 years in practice
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I just graduations high school and would like to become a lactation consultant. What do I have to do to get there?

Info: Here's what I found: http://www.lactationeducationconsultants.com/requirements.shtml

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
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Why did my lactation consultant say my baby should not have powder formula until he is 9 -10 months old, only to give ready to use formula until then?

Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
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Why did my lactation consultant say my baby should not have powder formula until he is 9 -10 months old, only to give ready to use formula until then?

No idea: Powder formula supplementation that is properly mixed is just as good as ready mixed in my book. ...Read more

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Dr. Natalie Geary
Board Certified, Pediatrics
25 years in practice
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I have mastitis and my lactation consultant suggest lecithin. All I could find is lecithin with chromium picolinate. Is this ok to take?

Dr. Natalie Geary
Board Certified, Pediatrics
25 years in practice
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I have mastitis and my lactation consultant suggest lecithin.  All I could find is lecithin with chromium picolinate.  Is this ok to take?

Mastitis: Mastitis can be extremely painful. I suggest you get a through breast exam from your OB?/GYN to be sure you don't need antibiotics ...Read more

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
51 years in practice
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We do not have lactation consultant for our area. Who can help me with my breast feeding issues?

Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
51 years in practice
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We do not have lactation consultant for our area. Who can help me with my breast feeding issues?

Breastfeeding: It maybe in the bottom of your list but your pediatrician can give you a lot of pointers (as well as your ob). I have helped mothers maintain and continue after discussing numerous issues. A "doula" or person with some expertise in breastfeeding is also another option. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Are there benefits for mother breastfeeding adopted child? My husband and i are wanting to adopt an infant, and i was told by a lactation consultant that i could begin re-lactating by a series of steps needing to take place before hand. I know the benef

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Bonding, : I've assisted adoptive mom lactate; all felt it enhanced bonding. Adoptive moms who lactate don't usually have an adequate breast milk supply and will need to supplement with formula, which can be given via a supplemental nutrition device taped to mom's nipple, so baby receives breast milk and formula simultaneously. May reduce breast cancer, in post partum-wgt loss, shrink uterus. Congrats! ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What do lactation consultants do?

Dr. Gregg Alexander
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
281K people helped

Help breastfeeding: Lactation consultants are trained to help identify problems with breastfeeding, either mom- or child-related. They can help with technique, latching, treatment of nipple problems, assessing adequacy of feeds and milk production, use of breast pumps (if needed), and are just generally good education and support resources for helping moms and babes get the whole breastfeeding thing rolling! ...Read more

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