Breastfeeding is a natural process, but don’t mistake natural for easy. New mothers encounter a variety of challenges, from a baby that doesn’t latch on or doesn’t feed frequently enough to a lack of milk. When breastfeeding problems develop, you can find a lactation consultant at the Comprehensive Pediatric Care clinic in Dallas, Sunnyvale, and Mesquite, Texas. Contact Dr. Meenu Jindal and her team or book an appointment online if you have a breastfeeding concern. Their lactation consultant will work with you to find a solution.
Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists who teach mothers everything they need to know about breastfeeding. Your lactation consultant at Comprehensive Pediatric Care provides ongoing support, helps solve breastfeeding challenges, and monitors your baby’s growth and development.
Breastfeeding provides many health benefits for your baby, beginning with the hormones and antibodies that protect your baby from illness, which is only found in your breast milk. Studies show that breastfed babies have a lower risk of developing:
If protecting your baby from illness isn’t enough of a benefit, breastfeeding also supplies:
If you experience any difficulty with breastfeeding or notice any of these problems, please contact Comprehensive Pediatric Care so our lactation consultant can help before your baby is deprived of nutrients:
Nursing sessions are too short or too long: Breastfeeding sessions in the first few months should last at least 10 minutes, but no longer than about 50 minutes. In both cases, the baby isn’t getting enough milk, either due to low milk production or ineffective suckling.
Baby is still hungry after breastfeeding: This is a sign the baby can’t get enough milk.
Baby doesn’t want to nurse or sleeps through the night: Newborn babies need to be fed every few hours. Without regular feeding, your baby won’t gain enough weight to thrive.
Baby has fewer than six wet diapers and four stools daily: After babies are seven days old, they should get enough breast milk to need frequent diaper changes.
Breastmilk doesn’t come in or breasts become engorged: In both cases, the baby won’t get sufficient milk.
Pain interferes with breastfeeding: Nipple pain and cracking of the nipples should be checked by your lactation consultant right away to rule out an infection and ensure your baby gets enough milk.