International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
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How do I know if I need help with breastfeeding?
Q: I've been breastfeeding my first born for a month, but my breasts hurt and my baby doesn't seem satisfied after feeding. What should I do?
A:Women have been breastfeeding from the beginning of time because it helps create a closer bond between mother and child and family and child, and also provides many documented health benefits for moms and babies. Multiple studies have shown that breastfeeding reduces the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),
increases cognitive development of infants, and strengthens the immune system to decrease a variety of infant and child illnesses including allergies and ear infections. Breastfeeding also reduces the chance of childhood obesity and type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and decreases the risk of childhood cancer and multiple gastrointestinal diseases. For moms, breastfeeding contributes toward faster recovery from childbirth, decreased postpartum depression, decreased type 2 diabetes, and decreased breast and ovarian cancer.
Knowing that breastfeeding is the best method of feeding your baby does not mean the process will always come easily or naturally. You have described two reasons why breastfeeding moms seek help from the board-certified lactation consultants at Palomar Health . We are trained to provide experienced advice and caring reassurance to help resolve difficulties with breastfeeding. Engorged breasts, plugged milk ducts and sore or cracked nipples are some reasons nursing moms have difficulty with breastfeeding. Other issues may occur if, in the early days of breastfeeding, your baby has difficulty latching on or is not gaining enough weight.
Palomar Health offers a variety of support for women and families who choose to breastfeed:
Moms and partners can attend a Prenatal Breastfeeding Class.
Lactation Consultation is available in the hospital at the time of delivery and also through home visits and at the Jean McLaughlin Women’s Center in the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion (Poway).
Breastfeeding Support Groups (no fee) are available in English and Spanish in Poway and select sites throughout Escondido.
More details on all of these services are available in this issue and also online at www.pph.org.