Breastfeeding & Lactation


When you make an appointment to see your IBCLC, try to make it at a time when you can bring a support person with you. You will be exhausted, sleep deprived, emotional, and stressed. She may have you fill out an intake form before you come into her office or she may ask you questions during the visit. This should include your medical history, pregnancy and delivery history, and history of past breastfeeding experiences.

She then will weigh your baby naked on her scale. She will record the baby’s naked weight. Then she will put a diaper back on your baby and weigh him in grams. She should

have a scale that is sensitive to two grams so that she can measure you baby’s milk transfer after he breastfeeds.


You know the benefits of breast-feeding. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby. Breast milk is easier to digest than is commercial formula, and the antibodies in breast milk boost your baby's immune system. Breast-feeding might even help you lose weight after the baby is born.