The best advice anyone can give to a mother expecting her first child whether it be through adoption, surrogacy, or the old fashioned way, is to locate a lactation consultant near you to assist with breastfeeding. Breastmilk and breastfeeding is the best gift you can give your baby and one that will last a lifetime.
www.iblce.org and the International and US registries. We should also link to La Leche League International, the Australian Breastfeeding Association, International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA) and Bright Future Lactaion Resource, and BFAR (Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery).
To find a board certified lactation consultant, contact the Registry of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
There is a listing for the US at http://www.iblce.org/US%20registry.htm
and for the rest of the world at http://www.iblce.org/international%20registry.htm
Australian Breastfeeding Association
International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA)
Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre
BFAR (Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery)
To find a La Leche leader:
La Leche Telephone: 1-800-La Leche (1-800-525-3243)La Leche representatives have a wide variety of products available. Most LLL leaders are familiar with the concept of induced lactation but do not usually have the experience with these protocols. Nor do most LLL leaders feel that following a mother for induced lactation is their function except in a supportive role. However, occasionally, a very experienced leader has acquired the clinical experience over years of service to her community. It is important to ask about her clinical experience. Also, LLL leaders may be able to guide a mother to an IBCLC.