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i am curious as to how people here help others who are breastfeeding, especially to what extent you give advice before referring someone to a lactation consultant. i have a friend who recently gave birth and is breastfeeding; i took a meal to them and her DH said she could use some encouragement re: bf'ing so i emailed her. i pretty much just told her my experiences, and encouraged her to follow her momma instincts about taking care of her baby and not listen to any "methods." she emailed me back and thanked me profusely for the encouragement, and said she had noticed how easy and comfortable we were with nursing - yeah!!!<br><br>
according to her husband, nursing is going well - he didn't mention any sort of pain she was in or anything, and i of course told her to call if she ever needed any advice or encouragement, but what if she does have latch problems or supply issues? i know lots of things to tell her (i gave her the info about kellymom.com) and i can always find out more information if i don't know the answer, but i am curious as to how far one would go before referring her to a lactation consultant. i obviously only have three months experience with nursing, but we're doing it great and i study on it a lot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i just don't want to do more harm than good to someone if they need a pro, but i am also scared that someone might take advice from me but not go to a lactation consultant if i recommended it.<br><br>
another quick q - just because you're a lactation consultant (esp. one at the hospital) doesn't necessarily mean you've ever bf'ed, right? just wondering!<br><br>
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I am sure there are LC's who never breastfed, just as there are midwives and doulas who have never given birth. I taught CPR for years, only having actually done it twice, both on adults, and both died. As an RN I taught a lot of people a lot of things and never actually had to do them to myself.<br><br>
But, that said, I am guessing most LC's have breastfed. I think many felt so passionate about it, that they wanted to be there to help other moms. One that saw me in the hospital told me she co sleeps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As for advice, I think if you know what you are going to suggest will help, then that's cool. If it feels too over your head, refer. I had a friend whose babe would not latch and referred to a LC, but she would not go and instead quit and decided to FF. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I am al for sharing what I know. IF the mom is open to it of course. I myself quit nursing my oldest at 2 months due to lack of support and knowledge and accidentally weaned my second at 11 months when I listened to an uninformed doctor regarding a med I had to take for a short time. I regret both.<br>
I have referred moms to websites, shared my own advice, etc... I spent alot of time this past pregnnacy learning all I could so I know alot on the topic. I also have wet nursed for a couple of different friends who could not nurse. Though one was more expressedmilk than actual wet nursing. I am a huge BFing advocate and I know how tough it can be. I wish someone had reassured me it is a learned art and you are not a failure to not get it right away.<br>
Like I said though, I wont push it unless they ask me for advice. I dont want to have that whole holier than thou attitude just cuz someone formula feeds.<br>
Tonia
 
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