We previously reported on the limited breast pump resources in many lactation professional training programs. So you might be wondering where you can find the support you need to make pumping safe and effective. In this post we are covering how to find the right lactation support for pumping moms and their families.
What Is Lactation Support and Why Is It Different For Pumping Moms?
Whether you are nursing or pumping, you need a lot of support to make it work. That support comes from a couple of places, first your family and village, and then lactation professionals. Lactation support is professional help for pumping moms. When you are having trouble managing your breast milk supply, need to clear a clogged duct, get sized for your breast pump, or need someone to talk to just to find out what’s normal, these are your people.
Many professionals specialize in aiding moms and babies with latching, identifying lip and tongue ties, or even how breastfeeding impacts an infant’s sleep. But moms who pump need specialized lactation support. Unless the care provider has pumped or worked with pumping moms, they might not have a full or accurate understanding of how to use a pump safely, while also using it effectively. Their method of measuring your breast milk supply might be wet diapers versus measuring your milk in ounces. Simply put, not all lactation professionals are a good match for pumping mothers.
BeauGen Partners and Affiliates
Over the past 8+ years of serving pumping moms, we’ve met some great lactation professionals who support pumping moms every day. From using a pump to troubleshoot all the way to exclusive pumping, our affiliates and partners are highly adept from years of experience.
During this time of dedication to serving pumping moms, we’ve had the privilege of collaborating with exceptional lactation professionals who provide unwavering support to pumping mothers. These specialists possess a wealth of experience, catering to a spectrum of pumping needs, from troubleshooting pump-related challenges to guiding exclusive pumpers on their journey.
At BeauGen, we are proud to align with affiliates and partners who understand the intricacies of pumping. Their wealth of hands-on experience sets them apart, ensuring that you receive expert guidance tailored to your unique pumping journey. Whether you’re seeking assistance with optimizing pump usage, navigating clogged ducts, or even exclusively pumping, our affiliates are well-versed in these aspects due to their extensive background in supporting pumping moms.
Where to Find the Right Lactation Support
Now that we’ve established the critical role of specialized lactation support for pumping moms, let’s explore where you can find the right experts to accompany you on your pumping journey:
- Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs): International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are highly trained professionals who possess a deep understanding of lactation and breastfeeding. Seek out IBCLCs who have experience working specifically with pumping moms. Their expertise ensures they can guide you effectively on pump usage, milk supply management, and any challenges unique to pumping.
- Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs): Certified Lactation Counselors are another valuable resource, often found in hospitals, clinics, and private practices. Similar to IBCLCs, ensure that the CLC you choose has experience working with pumping mothers and is familiar with the nuances of using breast pumps safely and efficiently.
- Support Groups and Online Communities: Joining support groups and online communities dedicated to pumping can connect you with experienced moms who have successfully navigated their pumping journeys. These spaces provide a platform to share experiences, seek advice, and receive mom recommendations who understand the dynamics of pumping.
- BeauGen Affiliates and Partners: As mentioned earlier, BeauGen has established strong relationships with lactation professionals who specialize in serving pumping moms. These partnerships have evolved through years of shared commitment to supporting pumping journeys. Don’t hesitate to reach out to these experts, as their hands-on experience and tailored approach can provide the guidance you need.
Remember, finding the right lactation support is crucial for pumping moms. While many lactation professionals excel in assisting with nursing-related challenges, your journey as a pumping mother deserves specialized expertise. Seek out individuals who are not only knowledgeable but also well-versed in the art of pumping.
At BeauGen, we stand by your side, advocating for a pumping experience that is comfortable, efficient, and successful. Our affiliates and partners share this commitment, and together, we strive to empower you with the support you truly deserve.