"I've heard of LC's but couldn't believe that there are women who would pay for help"
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|Fri, 12-10-2010 - 12:42pm|
I found this thread on a parenting board for NYC moms about about started by a mom who didn't seem to comprehend the point of a lactation consultant. She asked "Would you pay for a lactation consultant?" seemingly mystified as to why anyone would pay to get help with breastfeeding. I really illustrates the poor state of BF support in the U.S. and how misinformed some women are about how getting good help with BF'ing. You can see the complete thread her: http://newyorkcity.momslikeme.com/members/JournalActions.aspx?g=188457&m=10409573&grpcat=
Here is the opening post she wrote:
"DH was reading an article in the NY Times this morning titled "The Breast Whisperer" He suggested I put it on here. Its about a woman who can help moms in breastfeeding. She charges $200 to help breastfeed. I've heard of lactation consultants but couldn't believe that there are women who would pay for help. I couldn't breastfeed and gave up after trying for a few days. I didnt consider calling anyone except my mom. Would you go as far as to pay for assistance? Here's the link to the article. What would you do?
Notice how she says that she she tried for a few days then gave up. I think if she had seen an LC she might have had better luck with breastfeeding. I assume she probably spent probably spent at least $1500-$2000 on formula for a year so does so it's very possible she could have saved the as up to $1800 even with a $200 LC consultation. Does she not realize that the LC would help you be successful at BF'ing not thus not need to buy formula?
It seems she was not the only one who failed to get what the benefit of paying for an LC is:
"Nope. I didn't even take classes when I was pregnant. Was too busy working, stressing and being exhausted to worry about that. I did it for a little while because I wanted to see what it was like. Kiddo spit up alot,but it was nice. My mom never breastfed so I wouldn't have known who to ask anyway."
Whether her mom BF'd or not is not going to necessarily help her with finding an LC, unless her mom is either a LC herself , an LLL leader, doctor who works with an LC, WIC employee, etc. This a failure I think on her hospital and her doctors for not providing a LC for her or not having a LC associated the doctors practice. I also think that if a mom is going to have a baby that they should find the time to prepare better for it even if they are working