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About LCs

What is a Lactation Consultant?

Lactation Consultants believe that breastfeeding matters to women and their babies.
Almost all New Zealand women breastfeed, but some wean earlier than they would like, due to problems that are avoidable or manageable.  A Lactation Consultant can make a difference between giving up, and continuing to breastfeed for as long as mother and baby wish.

What do Lactation Consultants do?



The Lactation Consultant is the main resource for anyone requiring assistance or needing to know more about special breastfeeding and lactation problems or about the importance of human milk. The Lactation Consultant advocates for breastfeeding as the norm for babies and toddlers.

Where do Lactation Consultants work?



Lactation Consultants are:

  • Clinical Specialists in hospitals and the community

  • Childbirth & Parent Educators

  • Well Child & Paediatric Nurses

  • Midwives & Doctors

  • Practice Nurses & General Practitioners

  • Researchers, Teachers & Writers

​Women may self refer or be referred by:

  • Other women

  • Midwives

  • Practice Nurses

  • La Leche League

  • General Practitioners

  • Obstetricians

  • Dietitians

  • Social Workers

  • Well Child Providers

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