A patient is having trouble adjusting to breastfeeding and disagrees with her husband on the importance of breastfeeding compared to formula. Which member of the health care team should the nurse consult?

Lactation consultant


• Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists who can help with breastfeeding problems such as latching difficulties, poor milk supply, or trouble with pumping. They can provide education about the benefits of breastfeeding as well as troubleshooting problems during the adjustment period.

• A lactation consultant is trained to answer questions about breastfeeding and can best discuss these issues with the patient and her husband.

• Incorrect: The charge nurse, physician, and social worker do not have special breastfeeding training.

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