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As a mother, you've probably seen plenty of online images of a smiling woman breastfeeding her baby, gazing down at her infant as he or she nurses contentedly. For many moms, however, breastfeeding presents several challenges that can have a snowball effect on both their mental and physical health. The team of pediatric health specialists at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura CA understands these challenges and is ready to help new moms meet them head-on. Read on to learn more about breastfeeding problems and the solutions we offer. Talking to our breastfeeding Ventura experts is the first step!
Common issues with breastfeeding
Although it looks easy, many new mothers find breastfeeding difficult. You may feel like you're not producing enough milk, or a duct may become clogged, which can lead to a breast infection called mastitis. Nipple injuries, infections, or anatomical issues further complicate breastfeeding; it can be extremely painful as your baby attempts to latch on. Babies themselves may have a "tongue-tie" or other physical obstacles with the mouth or jaw that make suckling difficult. Combining all these problems with the hormonal changes that occur after giving birth, and breastfeeding can feel frustrating, isolating, and downright bleak. The good news is that your breastfeeding Ventura expert pediatrician has the experience and resources to help you navigate all of these challenges and work out a plan that is beneficial for both you and your baby.
Managing breastfeeding problems
As we mentioned, our providers at Surfside Pediatrics have extensive training in breastfeeding Ventura care for both mothers and babies. Oftentimes breastfeeding issues are managed with at-home treatments like warm compresses, massage techniques, regular pumping, or over-the-counter products like lanolin cream. Medications may be needed for conditions like mastitis or thrush. Your Ventura pediatrician can also refer you to breastfeeding experts, known as lactation consultants, who can coach you on the most effective ways to work through the problems affecting your breastfeeding. The most important step to fixing your breastfeeding issues is being honest and upfront; we are here for you!
If you're experiencing issues with breastfeeding, contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura CA to discuss your concerns with one of our caring and experienced team members. We can be reached at (805) 643-7500.
Healthy children need to follow a nutritious diet. Too much fast and sugary food only leads to bad eating habits that follow kids into adulthood and often create chronic medical conditions. Read on to learn how you can maintain proper nutritional habits for your child, and contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, if you have any further questions.
Importance of Good Nutrition for Your Child
Making sure that your children eat a balanced diet has a multitude of benefits. Good nutrition helps kids:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes
- Experience normal, physical development
- Avoid cognitive and motor development delays
- prevent depression, anxiety, and ADHD
- Improve their moods
How to Improve Your Child's Nutrition
There are many things you can do to improve your child's nutrition. Ask your Ventura, CA, pediatrician to provide you with ideas, and consider the tips below:
- Serve as a good role model by eating a healthy diet and exercising. Kids will more likely follow your example. In contrast, if you spend most of your evenings eating junk food and watching TV, your child will emulate your bad habits.
- Serve your child breakfast each morning. It jumpstarts the metabolism and provides kids with the energy they need to face the day.
- Avoid processed foods as much as you can. For example, instead of handing your kids a cup of applesauce, hand them an apple instead. While it may not be possible to avoid all processed food, read product labels before you buy something. If one of the ingredients is a word you can't pronounce, try to find another item that has more natural ingredients.
Speak With a Pediatrician
Helping your child eat a nutritious diet lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle as an adult, and aids in cognitive and physical development. If you would like more information on the topic, contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, at 805-643-7500 to speak with a pediatrician.
You've having a baby. Congratulations! At Surfside Pediatrics, Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacey Lowen and their team want you make a successful transition from pregnancy to newborn care, including breastfeeding. Here are some questions they often answer at their Ventura practice regarding this important experience for mom and baby.
Frequently asked questions about breastfeeding
How long should I nurse my baby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you nurse your baby for at least six months. At first, your newborn will nurse every 1-1/2 to two hours each day (every 24 hours, in other words). As your baby grows and the stomach increases in capacity, the amount of time between feedings will lengthen.
Is breastfeeding a good option for me as a mother?
Yes, it is. Nursing establishes a strong bond between mom and baby. Additionally, the hormones which maintain your milk supply, and the calories you expend to make milk, return you to your pre-pregnancy size and shape more quickly.
How does breastfeeding help my baby?
Breast milk is the perfect food for your newborn. It delivers the right nutrients in proper balance, is the perfect consistency for little mouths and GI tracts and contains important passive immunity--antibodies which pass through the breast milk to protect the baby from contagious disease and allergies. Also, breastfeeding encourages a super-strong bond between newborn and mother.
Am I providing enough milk for my baby?
Most moms do. Your baby should wet at least six diapers a day and have several bowel movements, too. Also, you will come to know if your baby is finished feeding and seems satisfied. Most infants simply pull away from the breast when finished, have a relaxed posture or even fall off to sleep.
How can Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura help me with breastfeeding?
Our team is available to answer any questions or address concerns you may have at any time during your nursing experience. Some moms struggle a bit as their babies learn to latch on, or begin feeding. Another may worry her newborn is not getting enough as he seems fussy after feeding. Dr. Lowen has advanced training on lactation and provides valuable information and practical helps for nursing moms.
I need to pump my milk so I can return to work. Is this difficult?
Pumping may actually help your breasts feel more comfortable and less engorged, especially early on in your baby's life. Pumping in between feedings takes about 15 minutes. You should practice pumping and storing milk as soon as possible so that when your maternity leave is over, you know the technique, have established a consistent pumping schedule and have begun to store some milk in the refrigerator or freezer.
Find out more
Breastfeeding is so important. Learn all you can, and anticipate a good experience! Also, the staff at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, is eager to assist. Call us for an appointment or with any questions: (805) 643-7500.