Why meet with a lactation consultant during pregnancy?

February 16, 2024

SimpliFed meets with parents during pregnancy to help set expectations for all things baby feeding. Starting at 28 weeks, board certified lactation professionals will help you prepare for delivery, your time in the hospital and those early baby feeding moments. Whether this is your first time or you’re a seasoned pro, the best way to meet your goals is by having a plan. 

Some of the things you and your SimpliFed clinician will talk about: 

1. Prepping for delivery:

Expectations can be high leading up to delivery, especially if your plan is to breastfeed. SimpliFed experts will make sure you understand plans can go off course, and that’s OK. We will guide you through. 

2. Discuss the “Golden Hour"?

The Golden Hour is a precious time right after delivery for a new parent and baby to connect. A calm, private environment during this hour can help kickstart your feeding journey. By meeting with SimpliFed during pregnancy, a care team can help design those special moments. However, they’ll also reminding you not everyone’s “hour” looks the same. If something shifts, you pivot. 

3. Discussing feeding positions and latching right after birth

Every feeding team is different. Understanding the mechanics of breastfeeding can help make starting out a bit easier. 

4. Help ordering a breast pump

If you plan to pump at all, it’s a great idea to have discussed all the different types of pumps available, how to use them, and even make sure they fit. SimpliFed can walk you through it all. 

5. Breastfeeding should not be painful! 

Breastfeeding is natural but does not always come naturally. It’s completely normal for your first few days to feel uncomfortable but you should not feel any pain. Meeting with SimpliFed early means you’ll be prepped and know when to reach out for help!

So much more!

SimpliFed is part of your feeding journey. We will help schedule appointments post delivery to make sure you’re meeting your goals or address any concerns. 

Breastfeeding is not meant to be done alone and seeking the right level of care when you need it has long lasting benefits.