Breastfeeding can be a hard, isolating, and emotional journey, which is why it's so important to have support. That's why Romper launched a Facebook breastfeeding community, Breastfeeding TBH — to help make feeding another human being with your own body a little easier. Every day readers ask questions because, let's face it, breastfeeding is complicated, and each week in Rack Facts, Romper speaks with a lactation consultant to answer as many of those questions as possible. After all, everyone can use a little expert help, especially when it comes to feeding your kid.
Parenting is a lot of trial and error and, as it turns out, so is breastfeeding. Never wake the baby, experts say. But what if the baby keeps falling asleep on your breast? You should pump to build up a supply, experts say. But what if your baby eats so often that your pumping sessions are not only painful, but unproductive? Supplement with formula if your supply is low, experts say. But what if you want to get your baby back on the breast?
I spoke with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Rachel O'Brien to get the answers to these questions and more. O'Brien is in Sudbury, Massachusetts and makes visits to families in their home in order to help them with their breastfeeding journey. Thanks to her Master of Arts Degree in Lactation Studies, she's definitely an expert on all things breastfeeding. You can follow her on Facebook for more information and be sure to check out her blog, too. But before taking her advice into account, however, O'Brien always recommends reaching out to an IBCLC for any breastfeeding help, including pumping, combo feeding, and weaning issues.