Deciding to breastfeed your baby is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child by providing the best possible start in life. The numerous advantages of breastfeeding include fostering a strong bond between mother and baby, providing ideal nutrition, saving on costs, and promoting health benefits for both you and your little one.
While breastfeeding is a natural process, it may pose challenges, and it’s essential to remember that a content baby is a well-fed baby. If you encounter difficulties initially, don’t be alarmed; breastfeeding is a skill that develops with patience and practice. Keep in mind- breastfeeding may not be the best option for all families. We are here to advise and ensure you and your baby are fed and happy!
At Bee Well Pediatrics, we believe it is important to offer all the support and encouragement you need to successfully breastfeed your baby for as long as you wish. We offer support to all breastfeeding mothers through consultations with our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, Dr. Van (Pediatrician) and Kathryn Profilet (Consultant). Below are some of the concerns they can address at your personal lactation consultation:
Prepare for your private consultation:
Feed your baby, but not too much. In order to work together through a full feeding, your baby should come ready to eat. If your baby is too hungry, they might not have the energy or the patience to feed well. If your baby is too full, they might not be interested in feeding during the consult. Make sure you eat a good meal before your consult, this will help keep you energized throughout the duration of the feeding. It could be helpful to have your support team present so you can learn together. While you and the baby are the only essentials, if you are using any breastfeeding tools such as a special pillow, nipple shield, etc, bring those along as well.