Interview with Rachael Oeffner, IBCLC: Latching, Pumping, Weaning & More….

If you’ve been following me, you know I recently completed training in PT management of mastitis and blocked ducts. Along that theme, the next interview in our series is with Rachael Oeffner, IBCLC, and includes a discussion of some of the lesser-known skills of lactation consultants (LC) in helping new mothers feed their babes comfortably and with more satisfaction, regardless of the method by which they choose to feed.

Rachael and I discussed topics including:

  • How does a mama know if she should call an LC after returning home, even if she saw one in hospital?
  • What is the #1 advice she gives when baby isn’t latching well? 
  • Does tongue tie always need to be released or are there things to try prior to that?
  • Do LCs help with pumping and weaning or JUST breastfeeding?
  • Can LCs help with pump fit and comfort?
  • How to minimize blocked ducts with weaning?)
  • How do you start transitioning to solids while still breastfeeding?
  • What is her top advice for moms returning to work?

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Rachael is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and DONA trained postpartum doula. She is co-founder of Night and Day San Diego, a local provider of perinatal services including birth doula monatrice, postpartum doula, and lactation consulting services. Learn more about Night and Day and contact Rachael at

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