Are you experiencing problems breastfeeding?
When breastfeeding issues arise, it’s normal for many moms to feel embarrassed or frustrated, especially if they are only hearing about other mothers' breastfeeding successes. Here at Sacoto Pediatrics, we understand that while breastfeeding is natural, that doesn't mean it's always easy. That’s why our Falls Church, VA, pediatrician, Dr. Maria Sacoto, and her team offer lactation support for all moms who have breastfeeding concerns or are dealing with lactation issues. Wondering if you could benefit from lactation support? Read on to learn more.
Your baby won’t latch
When you first start breastfeeding, it’s important to know that it can take a while for your baby to latch. This will take time, but it will get easier and easier every time you breastfeed; however, if you’re still having trouble with latching after a few days, you may want to try a nipple shield. If the shield still isn’t a success, then it’s time to consult a medical professional.
You’re dealing with sore or painful nipples
Have you heard that breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt? Chances are good that you have; however, breastfeeding can take time and all that moisture can leave nipples feeling sore and cracked. While this is common during the early days of breastfeeding, this problem shouldn’t continue. If you are still dealing with sore nipples after the first few weeks of nursing, this could be a sign that your baby isn’t properly latched.
You’re dreading nursing
While breastfeeding is important for giving your baby the nutrients they need, remember that this is also a time to bond with your newborn; therefore, if breastfeeding is becoming a source of anxiety or something you fear or dread, then it’s time to seek breastfeeding support to help quell your concerns.
You are worried about your supply
While this is a common concern for many women, this isn’t usually something you’ll have to worry about. If your child is feeding 8-12 times in a 24-hour period, is putting on weight, or is producing enough soiled and wet diapers, then chances are that your baby is obtaining enough nutrition. Of course, if you don’t notice your baby putting on healthy weight or there is a decrease in soiled diapers, then give us a call.
Seek Help Early On
The majority of women will deal with breastfeeding issues in the very first week alone, but the good news is that many of these problems can be fixed just by turning to our Falls Church, VA, lactation specialist for support. Seek breastfeeding and lactation help early on to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Sacoto Pediatrics offers understanding, compassionate lactation support services along with comprehensive pediatric care to mothers and children living in and around Falls Church, VA. If you want to learn more about lactation support or need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (703) 820-1951.