Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Winter Park, FL
Breastfeeding is a commitment and can seem to fall entirely on the mom. Whether your supply is lacking or over producing, the team at Alliance Obstetrics & Gynecology and The Center for Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology in Winter Park, Florida, understands the challenges of navigating this path. We are experienced in helping guide you through all aspects of your breastfeeding journey. If you're trying to breastfeed or have questions, schedule your consultation with us. You can book online or by phone.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both recommend that babies exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months of life. Breastfeeding is beneficial for you and your baby, but it can also be emotional, exhausting and draining, even when things are going right. The decision to breastfeed or not is a very personal decision which can only be made by you. If you plan on breastfeeding or have questions about breastfeeding, we are here to help.
Women who encounter breastfeeding problems early on are less likely to continue to breastfeed unless they get professional assistance. Most problems, if identified and treated early, will facilitate continuation of successful breastfeeding. The most common breastfeeding problems include:
The goal is to have your baby’s lip around most or all of your areola when nursing, like fish lips. To achieve this, position yourself comfortably with back support and the baby close to you. Their mouth and nose should be facing your nipple. You should support your breast so it is not pressing on your baby’s chin. Encourage your baby to open their mouth wide and pull them close by supporting their back. If you are feeling pain, detach baby gently and try again.
It is quite common to wonder if your baby is drinking enough breast milk. After your baby is born, your breasts will begin making colostrum. Colostrum is a thick, sticky, nutritious yellow fluid that is important for baby’s immune system. After a few days, your breasts will transition from the super-rich colostrum to mature milk to match your baby’s changing needs. Your baby will feed every 2-3 hours. This frequent nursing signals your breasts to produce milk for your baby.
Knowing your baby’s feeding cues will help to guide you in when it is time to feed them. During the first 8 weeks of life, if it has been more than 3 hours since the last feeding, you may need to wake up your baby to eat. Each nursing session lasts about 15-45 minutes.
Signs that your baby is not receiving adequate breast milk while nursing may include insufficient wet/dirty diapers, inadequate weight gain, and dehydration. Your baby should have at least 6 wet diapers per day and at least 3 stools per day. After 10 days, your baby should be back up to birth weight.
A breast pump can be a very useful tool to provide your baby with breastmilk. You can use it to collect and store milk when separated from your baby (such as when at work or traveling), to maintain your milk supply once your baby is sleeping through the night, or if you decide to exclusively pump and feed your baby breastmilk through a bottle. Many insurance companies will provide a breast pump to you at no cost. If you plan on breastfeeding, call your insurance company and see what rules exists and if any forms or prescriptions are needed.
Breastmilk storage guidelines are important to ensure that your milk remains safe for your baby. In general, the following are recommended standards when storing breastmilk:
If you’re pregnant or postpartum and wanting lactation support, set up a consultation with us at Alliance Obstetrics & Gynecology and The Center for Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology.