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Breastfeeding


If you are a breastfeeding mother, whether this is your first child or not, you may need extra support to navigate any issues or concerns you have. Virginia Pediatric Group offers expert lactation and breastfeeding support for mothers in Herndon, Great Falls, Aldie, and Fairfax, Virginia. For compassionate breastfeeding care, call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.

Breastfeeding Q & A

What is breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding, or nursing, is a method for feeding a baby milk produced in a mother's breast, either directly from the breast or by pumping the breast and bottle feeding. Your breast milk provides your infant with the perfect blend of nutrients and immune system support. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusively breastfeeding your infant from birth until at least six months of age when possible. They suggest nursing for up to 12 months while supplementing with other foods after six months. 

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

While breastfeeding is not the only way to feed your baby, the AAP contends that breastfeeding holds significant benefits for both mother and baby. It can help lower your baby's risk for conditions such as: 

  • Diarrhea
  • Bacteremia (blood infection)
  • Respiratory infections
  • Ear infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Childhood obesity 

For the mother, breastfeeding can help minimize postpartum bleeding, stimulate uterine recovery, help her return to prepregnancy weight, and offer natural pregnancy prevention. Mothers who breastfeed have decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers. 

Why would I need breastfeeding support?

While breastfeeding is a wonderful way to feed and nourish your baby, it may have its challenges. You may feel unsure, lack confidence, or have some issues as you get started feeding your newborn. 

Virginia Pediatric Group offers breastfeeding support for mothers and babies who may have issues such as: 

  • Poor infant weight gain
  • Latching-on issues
  • Low milk supply 
  • Engorgement 
  • Jaundice
  • Breast pain and clogged milk ducts
  • Nipple pain or damage
  • Nipple confusion 
  • Mastitis (breast tissue infection) 
  • Transitioning from breast to bottle

Breastfeeding support is beneficial for working mothers or moms who have multiples, special needs infants, or premature babies. Whatever your struggle, dedicated support from our lactation specialists can help you achieve your breastfeeding goals.

What services support successful breastfeeding?

Virginia Pediatric Group offers a variety of resources for breastfeeding mothers. Kellee Hayes, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, and her team provide: 

  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Bottle-feeding guidance and education
  • Diagnosis and treatment of breastfeeding issues
  • Prenatal breastfeeding classes
  • New parent support group and monthly classes

For compassionate, expert breastfeeding support, call Virginia Pediatric Group or book an appointment online today.