Lactation Consultant Services

 

ABC Pediatrics believes that breastfeeding is the optimal way to feed your baby.  However, we also know that breastfeeding can also be challenging.  We are pleased to provide breastfeeding services in our office from an internationally board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).  This service can help both experienced new mothers be more confident with breastfeeding, as well as, address concerns such as sore nipples, supply concerns, and returning to work.

 

Personalized consults can be made by calling our office 674-0222 prompt 1.

Wondering why you might need to see a Lactation Consultant? An IBCLC can be very helpful to breastfeeding families by reassuring them when breastfeeding is going well and by providing information and support to help prevent and manage common concerns. We can help with

  • Counseling about risk factors that may affect breastfeeding
  • Basic position and latch of the infant
  • Painful latch, sore and/or cracked nipples
  • Slow or low weight gain
  • Monitor potential feeding difficulties in premature, late-preterm, multiples, and special medical situations
  • Breastfeeding after breast surgery
  • Preventing and managing common concerns such as poor latch, inadequate milk transfer or supply, nipple or breast pain, and calming a fussy baby
  • Milk expression and storage for mothers who need to be separated from their infant(s)
  • Strategies for breastfeeding after returning to work
  • Weaning questions, concerns, and support

Frequently Asked Questions

Is breastfeeding supposed to hurt?

No! If you are experiencing pain, your body is telling you to evaluate something. Meeting with a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can help.

What are hunger cues?

Crying is a late sign of hunger.  Try to feed your baby on demand at the first cues such as licking lips, sticking tongue out, turning the head to the breast, putting hands in mouth, soft sounds.

How often should my baby nurse?

We encourage you to nurse on demand, which is about 8-12 times in 24 hours in the first few weeks.  Feedings may be very close together (every hour or so) and not evenly spaced out.  Until your baby has regained his/her birthweight (by 2 weeks), wake your baby if they go more than 3-4 hours between feeds.

Does my baby need cereal, water, or formula?

No, your baby only needs breastmilk for the first 6 months.  Breastmilk provides all the nutrition your baby needs during this time.  Feeding your baby cereal or other foods may cause your baby to not want to nurse as much and become constipated with hard stools.  Even when it is hot, your baby does not need water or juice.

 

Does my baby need vitamin d?

The AAP recommends that all babies receive routine vitamin d supplementation.  Recent studies show that “Maternal vitamin D supplementation with 6400 IU/day safely supplies breast milk with adequate vitamin D to satisfy her nursing infant’s requirement and offers an alternate strategy to direct infant supplementation.”  [Hollis et al 2015]

 

Can I eat that?

Most women can eat a variety of foods (and drinks) in moderation.  Your baby is your guide. We encourage eating a well-balanced diet and drinking to thirst, though your diet doesn’t have to be perfect.  If you notice your baby seems uncomfortable after eating certain foods, keep a food diary and call our office.

 

Helpful Resources

https://www.delawarebreastfeeding.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm

 

https://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding

 

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