Jocelyn Haight, RN, BSN, IBCLC
I am a registered nurse who works part-time in labour and delivery at Royal Inland Hospital here in Kamloops. I have been working in hospital and helping families with breastfeeding since early 2013.
What is a Lactation Consultant?
A lactation consultant (IBCLC) is someone with health and biology knowledge who has taken specialty breastfeeding education. They are often, but not always, people working in healthcare, such as doctors, nurses or dietitians.
Caring for Newborns
Newborns and new mothers are a specialized and vulnerable group of patients within a healthcare system. Newborns have no voice to advocate for themselves or their care and the responsibility to care for them as well as possible is placed on healthcare providers and systems.
Breastfeeding can be exhausting, exasperating and seem never ending. I’ve been thinking more about this lately as I've returned to work and am witnessing new babies and families figuring out the early days of breastfeeding. I'm on the other end of my breastfeeding journey now and it's a very different place.
The Nipple Shield Question
When and how to use a nipple shield can be a confusing topic for healthcare providers and for parents. There are cases where a nipple shield can be helpful for breastfeeding but there is a right time and reason to use one. It’s also important to be aware of the potential complications to breastfeeding when you introduce a nipple shield. So how do you know when it’s the right time to shield?