Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. They help women experiencing breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, and low milk production. A lactation consultant also helps babies who aren't gaining enough weight.
Lactation consultants may work at a hospital, clinic, or doctor's office. Some have a private practice. Lactation consultants often teach classes on breastfeeding to pregnant women.
Lactation consultants help women who want to return to work or school meet their breastfeeding goals. They're familiar with breastfeeding equipment, like breast pumps, and give breastfeeding moms tips on how to safely store expressed breast milk.