Breastfeeding is a beautiful and amazing experience for most mothers out there. Breast milk is the best food for your baby, and the many advantages of breastfeeding mean your baby benefits from your milk in lots of other important ways too. That being said, the beginning can sometimes be a little bit of a bumpy road, especially for new moms.
As a mom of 6 I remember the early days when I had just had my first daughter. Her latch was not the greatest and my inexperience didn’t help matters. It wasn’t long before the pain and dreaded cracked nipples set in. Luckily I reached out to a lactation consultant who got me back on the right, pain-free path. Reaching out for help from an experienced mom, doctor or lactation consultant can be a big key to your success.
Here are a list of 8 San Diego lactation consultants to help you on this special journey!
Breastfeeding Consultants of San Diego is committed to helping breastfeeding families achieve their own personal goals in a setting that is welcoming and inviting to help you have the best experience possible. Run by Heather Shabestari, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM), the center offers classes such as Infant Massage and Breastfeeding 101. This quote from the website really summed it up for me; “Giving families the most current evidence-based research in breastfeeding education and management is powerful and enlightening to many who are struggling to achieve a positive breastfeeding experience. Hope, encouragement, guidance, laughter, skill and a true member of your team is what Heather can offer families on their breastfeeding journey.”
San Diego Breastfeeding Center is another great option when it comes to certified San Diego lactation consultants. According to their website the San Diego Breastfeeding Center is a one-stop shop for judgment-free breastfeeding support. Their IBCLCs provide expectant and new parents with compassionate guidance and education about breastfeeding and infant care. They offer classes such as prenatal classes, back-to-work classes, and workshops. They offer consultations and support groups to nurture the relationship between parent and child. You will hopefully leave feeling confident and empowered.
Night & Day San Diego provides San Diego families with doula support and lactation support, to help assist you & your family every step of the journey. Their website states “Our vision is to increase awareness and access to midwifery, doula and lactation services to women in San Diego thereby creating healthier families and stronger communities. We use evidence-based practices to support healthy pregnancies and optimal outcomes for both mothers and babies. The women and families we serve are provided personalized and culturally sensitive care. We value using our hands, hearts and intuition as well as modern research and technology to integrate the best of two worlds in health care.”
Mamas & Milk is another wonderful practice located in San Diego. According to their website Mamas & Milk was created by International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Dawn Dickerson, to help parents navigate the uncertainty of pregnancy, birth, infant feeding, and parenthood. They combine knowledge and quality information and they support you where you are today. They have been there and they are on your side. The practice offers private consultations, support groups, yoga, and birth story listening.
Breastfeeding Fixers is another great option if you are looking for San Diego lactation consultants. The practice provides support for moms and babies for every breastfeeding need including helping with babies with tongue and lip ties, post-surgical wound care support, breastfeeding difficulties, low milk supply, over active letdown, sleepy baby at the breast, painful latch, bottle fed babies and more. The founder, Leilani Songer, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Birth and Postpartum Doula.
I hope you found all of this information helpful. As a long time San Diego maternity and newborn photographer and owner of Tristan Quigley Photography, I have seen some of the struggles a new mom has in the beginning and definitely recommend reaching out for help if needed. Any one of the practices listed above will get you on the right path!
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