Breastfeeding? 6 signs you need a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)

by | Jan 4, 2024 | Feeding Therapy | 0 comments


A Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) is someone who is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding. CLCs will assess, evaluate, educate, and counsel families with an individualized breastfeeding plan that best fits the family’s wants and needs.

At any point during your breastfeeding journey, you may need to visit with a CLC. This will include pregnant mothers, first-time parents, seasoned parents, parents feeding multiples, surrogate mothers, or anyone wanting to learn more about/gain assistance breastfeeding their child.

Below are the top 6 signs indicating you may need a CLC to aid your breastfeeding journey. 

  1. Milk supply concerns – “I feel like I don’t make enough milk for my baby” 
    • A common fear of families is that “I won’t make enough milk for my baby”. Our bodies are amazing and respond to the needs of our baby. If you feel that you are not making enough milk for your baby, schedule with a CLC so they can do a full, comprehensive evaluation of the feeding dyad.
  2. Sore nipples/breast – “My nipples hurt before/during/after feeding my baby”
    • Sore, cracked, dry, or hurt nipples can be painful and discouraging when breastfeeding. If your nipples or breast have any pain before/during/after feeding your baby, schedule with a CLC to determine what is causing your nipples/breast to be sore. 
  3. Latching difficulty – “My baby has trouble latching and/or staying on my breast”
    • During the first hour after birth, baby should be placed skin to skin so they can discover the breast and how to latch on their own. If baby struggles with latching or staying latched during a feed, schedule with a CLC. 
  4. Feeding multiples – “I have multiple babies from one birth” or “I want to continue to breastfeed my toddler but I have a new baby”
    • Feeding multiple children at once can seem like an overwhelming task. CLCs can help find feeding positions and schedules that work for you and all of the children involved. 
  5. Returning to work/school – “I am returning to work but my baby won’t take a bottle” or “I am returning to work and I am not sure when to pump”
    • CLCs can help families transition back to a work/school schedule. Consult with your local CLC to find a plan that works best for your family.
  6. Questions No question is too silly to ask! 
    • If you have ANY breastfeeding questions, please schedule with a CLC. We want all families to feel supported and comfortable during their breastfeeding journey.

Lactation Counseling services coming soon! Visit our webpage for more information: Infant Feeding and Lactation Counseling

Kayla Warren, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC