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Breastfeeding

From our Lactation Consultant...

Thank you for your interest in breastfeeding. Deciding how to feed your baby is very important and deserves some careful thought.

It is easy for me to recommend breastfeeding. I know how perfect a food breastmilk is, made by your body especially for your baby. It meets your baby's nutritional needs and is easy to digest. Studies have shown the many short and long term health benefits of breastfeeding for both baby and mother.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for your baby's first six months of life. It is an added benefit to your child's heath if you can continue to breastfeed through age one.

Some women may be afraid to try breastfeeding. They may feel uncertain since they can't really measure how much milk the baby is getting. There are ways to ensure your baby is getting enough to eat despite the lack of an ounce gauge on a woman's breasts.

Some may be concerned that they won't know what to do. There are lots of resources available to prepare for breastfeeding just as you would prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. There are prenatal breastfeeding classes at your local hospital, there are local support groups and there are lactation counselors at the hospital where you will deliver your baby.

The doctors at this office care so much about breastfeeding that they have allowed me to offer my services as lactation counselor to their patients. I am available by phone for your questions and concerns, I can try to meet with you here at your child's appointment with the doctor or we can set up an appointment for just lactation counseling services if needed.

Don't be afraid to try breastfeeding. I have heard a lot of different concerns from expectant Moms: "I don't think I'll like it," "I don't want to be tied down," "I have to go back to work or school." There are ways to work through all of these issues. Most women who have tried it, have found breastfeeding to be a very rewarding and satisfying experience.

One of my favorite statements to new Moms...When you start out with breastfeeding it's like when you first learn to drive. You may end up on your neighbor's lawn a few times but with practice, you get the hang of it. Driving becomes second nature to you. Same with breastfeeding, not that you'll end up on your neighbor's lawn but you may feel awkward and unsure of yourself at first...it will become second nature to you in very little time.

Breastfeeding Resources

BOOKS

  • Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett (New Harbinger Publications, Inc.)
  • Breastfeeding 101, A Step-by-Step guide to Successfully Nursing your Baby by Sue Tiller, R.N. (TLC Publishing)
  • The American Pediatrics New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding, by AAP, Joan Younger Meek M.D. and Sherill Tippins (Bantum Books)
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman,M.D. and Teresa Pitman (Pima Publishing)
  • The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins (Harvard Common Press)
  • The Womanly Art of breastfeeding by The LaLeche League International (Plume)
  • The Breastfeeding Answer Book by Nancy Mohrbacher (LaLeche League)
  • The Complete Book of Breastfeeding by Marvin S. Eiger and Sally Wendkos Olds (Workman)
  • Breastfeeding and The Working Mother by Diane Mason et al (St. Martin's Press)
  • Medications and Mother's Milk by Thomas W. Hale (Pharmasoft Medical Publishing)

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