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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Virginia Pediatric Group offers a variety of resources for breastfeeding mothers. Kellee Hayes, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, and her team provide:
For compassionate, expert breastfeeding support, call Virginia Pediatric Group or book an appointment online today.