Ask your hospital prior to delivery if they have Lactation Consultants or Lactation Educators on staff or if it is the postpartum floor nurses who help with breastfeeding.
After delivery, ask to see whoever provides breastfeeding counseling as soon as possible. Most hospitals have lactation consultants on staff that can see you while you are in the hospital and again after you leave for additional visits. They will work with you and your infant to secure a good latch and to problem-solve any issues you might have. They often have supplies on hand to make those first few days easier. They may even set up additional home or hospital visits for you after you go home.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, March 2020