Get the answers you’re looking for regarding your breastfeeding questions.
Breastfeeding may be natural, but that doesn’t always mean it’s easy. In fact, many moms discover that there’s a learning curve involved. Fortunately, our Falls Church, VA, pediatrician, Dr. Maria Sacoto, provides understanding and gentle lactation support for mothers who are experiencing challenges with breastfeeding. Here are some of the most popular questions on the topic of nursing.
How often should I be nursing?
During the first month of your baby’s life, you will be breastfeeding every 2-3 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night. It’s important that you don’t wait longer than 4 hours to feed your baby (even if you need to wake them up). Each breastfeeding session can vary in length, but your baby will stop feeding once they are full.
How do I know that my baby is properly latched?
Proper latching means that your baby is not just latching onto the entire nipple, but part of the areola, as well. Your baby’s nose and chin should also be touching your breast, and you should be able to see your baby actively sucking and swallowing. Having trouble with achieving the optimal latch? The American Pregnancy Association also offers up some helpful tips. Of course, if you’re still having difficulties, this is what our lactation support services here in Falls Church, VA, can help with.
I’m experiencing pain with breastfeeding. What’s going on?
It’s normal to feel a little pain or discomfort within the first 20-30 seconds of your baby trying to latch; however, the pain should go away. If you are noticing pain, bruising, or cracked nipples, this could be a sign that your baby isn’t properly latched. If this is something that you are dealing with, our pediatricians can provide support and guidance.
How can I tell that my baby is getting enough to eat?
One of the most obvious ways to tell that your baby is getting enough to eat is visible weight gain. A healthy baby who is getting enough will gain as much as six ounces in just one week. Another way to tell whether your baby is well fed is by their diapers. Most babies will have anywhere from 6-10 wet diapers and about three soiled diapers a day for the first month.
The team at Sacoto Pediatrics is closely monitoring the current pandemic situation and will provide updates on the website with regards to office hours, appointments, and treatment. We recommend that all patients requiring treatment, care, or lactation support during this time call our Falls Church, VA, practice at (703) 820-1951 before coming into the office.