What is a breastfeeding or lactation consultant?

A breastfeeding or lactation consultant is a health care professional who specialize in the clinical management of breastfeeding. We promote evidence based practice and support mothers and baby’s to be able to breastfeed successfully. Breastfeeding can be difficult to manage at times, so get the help you deserve.

Why is breastfeeding important?

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), 13% of the 10.6 million deaths of children under 5 years can be averted if mothers choose to breast feed. Furthermore, if mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months they are 25 times less likely to suffer from acute infections such as diarrhoea, pneumonia, ear infections, meningitis and urinary tract infection. Breast feeding allows mothers to provide the BEST source of nutrition for their baby. Breast milk contains the right mix of macro and micro nutrients and unlike formula contains human antibodies which protect them from the above mentioned infections.

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Lactation consultancy services offered may include the management of:

  • Nipple or breast pain
  • Engorgement
  • Thrush
  • Assessment of tongue tie/ lip tie
  • Recurring blocked ducts (plugged duct/ nipple bleb)
  • Low milk supply
  • Baby’s slow weight gain
  • Pumping and feeding expressed milk
  • Breastfeeding after breast surgery
  • Breastfeeding under difficult circumstances (Downs, cleft lip etc.)Return to work – what to do now?

Catherine Day also offers advice on introducing complementary foods (at 6 months of age) as well as helping mothers to cope with returning to work while still breast-feeding.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Catherine Day offers home visits to mothers seeking assistance with feeding their babies and that this service can be covered by medical aids. Should you like to book an appointment for a home visit please email info@catherineday.co.za

Home visits within a 15 km radius is offered free of transport cost and home visits out of this radius, a travel fee will apply. For more information please email info@catherineday.co.za