Lactation Support by TLN

The Lactation Network (TLN) connects parents with International Board Certified Lactation Consultants — the gold standard in expert lactation care — for in-home,
in-office, or tele-health lactation consultations.

With TLN, you get:

  • Insurance-covered lactation consultations with an IBCLC
  • Expert, compassionate care from pregnancy to weaning
  • Unlimited access to educational resources
  • Quick, thoughtful assistance from a 5-star care team

Natural? Easy? Actually, breastfeeding is a skill.

In a world that says breastfeeding is free and automatic, the reality parents experience requires expert, compassionate care. TLN provides timely, vital resources for breastfeeding parents. Check if you are eligible 



How are lactation consultants helpful?

Lactation consultants are like superheroes for breastfeeding moms and their babies! Picture them as expert coaches, cheerleaders, and problem-solvers all rolled into one. Here's why they're so awesome:

  1. Breastfeeding Guides: They're like the GPS of breastfeeding, helping moms navigate the journey from the very start. Whether it's mastering the perfect latch or understanding how often to feed, they've got the insider tips to make breastfeeding smoother.

  2. Troubleshooters Extraordinaire: When bumps in the breastfeeding road appear (and trust me, they often do), lactation consultants swoop in to save the day. From sore nipples to low milk supply, they've seen it all and know just what to do to fix it.

  3. Empowerment Experts: Breastfeeding can sometimes feel like a mystery, but lactation consultants are here to demystify it all. They empower moms with knowledge, confidence, and support, so they feel like breastfeeding champions every step of the way.

  4. Personalized Support: No two breastfeeding journeys are alike, and that's where these consultants shine. They offer personalized guidance tailored to each mom and baby duo, ensuring they get the individualized help they need.

  5. Life-Savers for Working Moms: Balancing breastfeeding and work? No problem! Lactation consultants are pros at helping working moms navigate pumping schedules, milk storage, and all the ins and outs of breastfeeding while on the job.

In a nutshell, lactation consultants are like fairy godmothers for breastfeeding, sprinkling their magic dust of knowledge, encouragement, and support to help moms and babies thrive. So, if you're on the breastfeeding journey, consider them your trusty sidekick!

When is the right time to speak with a lactation consultant?

Think of a lactation consultant as your breastfeeding bestie, ready to lend a helping hand whenever you need it! Here's when it's prime time to reach out:

  1. Before Baby Arrives: Yup, you read that right! Getting a head start before your little bundle arrives can set you up for success. A lactation consultant can prep you with all the breastfeeding basics, like how to get a good latch and what to expect in those early days.

  2. Right After Birth: Those first moments with your newborn are precious, but they can also be a bit overwhelming. A lactation consultant can swoop in during your hospital stay or birthing center visit to offer guidance and support as you kickstart your breastfeeding journey.

  3. At the First Sign of Trouble: Sore nipples? Baby having trouble latching? Milk not flowing like you hoped? Don't fret! This is exactly when a lactation consultant can work their magic. They're experts at troubleshooting breastfeeding challenges and can offer solutions tailored just for you.

  4. As Your Baby Grows: Breastfeeding isn't a one-size-fits-all deal – it evolves as your baby grows. So, if you ever hit a snag along the way or just need a little tune-up, don't hesitate to reach out to your lactation consultant for a refresher.

  5. Returning to Work: Navigating the whole breastfeeding and working gig? It's totally doable with the right support! A lactation consultant can help you create a pumping plan, troubleshoot any hiccups, and cheer you on as you juggle it all.

  6. Anytime You Need a Boost: Feeling a bit overwhelmed or unsure? That's what your lactation consultant is there for! Whether you need a pep talk, some reassurance, or just someone to vent to, they've got your back.

Remember, there's no such thing as a silly question or a problem too small. Your lactation consultant is there to support you through every twist and turn of your breastfeeding journey, so don't hesitate to reach out whenever you need a helping hand!

How do I find a lactation consultant?

Talking to a health care provider is always a great start. Using a directory like the one provided by The Lactation Network can be helpful, especially if you're interested in finding one that’s potentially covered within your insurance network.

What questions should I ask to a lactation consultant?

Here are some questions to help you get the most out of your consultation:

  1. Getting Started:

          • How can I ensure my baby is latching correctly?
          • What are the signs that my baby is getting enough milk?
          • How often should I breastfeed my baby?
          • What positions can I try to make breastfeeding more comfortable for both me and my baby?

  2. Milk Supply and Feeding Patterns:

          • How can I tell if my milk supply is low?
          • What can I do to increase my milk supply if needed?
          • Is it normal for my baby to nurse frequently, and how can I manage cluster feeding?

  3. Breastfeeding Challenges:

          • What are common breastfeeding challenges, and how can I overcome them?
          • How can I manage sore nipples or engorgement?
          • What should I do if my baby is having trouble latching or seems fussy during feedings?

  4. Pumping and Returning to Work:

          • How can I introduce pumping into my breastfeeding routine?
          • What type of breast pump is best for my needs?
          • What are the guidelines for storing and thawing breast milk?

  5. Breastfeeding and Special Circumstances:

          • Are there any medications I'm taking that could affect breastfeeding?
          • How can I breastfeed if my baby is premature or has special needs?
          • What should I know about breastfeeding if I have twins or multiples?

  6. Weaning and Transitioning:

        • What signs indicate that my baby is ready to start solid foods?
        • How can I gradually wean my baby from breastfeeding when the time comes?
        • What tips do you have for managing the emotional aspect of weaning for both me and my baby?

Remember, your lactation consultant is there to provide personalized guidance and support, so don't hesitate to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have. They're experts in all things breastfeeding and are here to help you navigate your journey with confidence!