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From the family planning stages to postpartum, the professionals at Women's Health Group offer obstetrics care to women at all stages of pregnancy.
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Breastfeeding Support for Mothers
What does the breastfeeding process look like?
If you decide to try exclusively breastfeeding your baby from the outset, even if only for a short period of time, it's important to take initiative. Offer breast milk as soon as your baby is born and allow your baby to breastfeed as often as they want throughout the day. Just remember that breastfeeding more often means your breasts will produces more milk. If your baby is properly attached to the breast and you get enough milk within a day or two, then breastfeeding more often (or pumping between feeds) will show your body that you need to produce more milk.
Breastfeeding during the first hour can be very helpful to build up a milk supply as long as mother and baby are healthy. You can squeeze or pump milk to maintain your breast milk supply until the baby starts breastfeeding again. Pumping is a great way to keep your breasts stimulated regularly while you are at work or on errands, especially if your baby is sick or has temporarily stopped feeding.
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What To Expect When Breastfeeding
Every mother's experience with breastfeeding is unique. While your baby is learning how to latch, suck, and swallow, you will learn how to position your baby for feeding, identify hunger cues, and manage your breast milk supply. If you are breastfeeding a baby, your baby must not breastfeed for more than a few hours at a time in the first few weeks of life. As your milk supply comes in, you may experience leaking and your breasts may become larger, firm, warm, and uncomfortable. You may also experience sore nipples or pain while breastfeeding, which could be a sign that you have a plugged milk duct. Once your body adjusts to breastfeeding, these symptoms should slow down and become less prominent.
If you are struggling with any of the above or, if you have specific concerns, your lactation consultant will answer questions and help guide actions and decisions about breastfeeding during your hospital stay.
When Should You Stop Breastfeeding
Although breastfeeding can be painful and exhausting, most experts agree that feeding a newborn for at least the first six months is a healthy goal to set. After six months, you can offer your baby solid food and continue breastfeeding until the baby is at least 12 months old. Weaning can take place at any age up to 2 years or older.
Breastfeeding can be difficult for some women. If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time to see a lactation consultant or a doctor:
- If your nipples or breasts are sore or swollen
- If you have a plugged duct or breast infection
- If you cannot produce enough breastmilk
- If your baby isn't gaining weight