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By Surfside Pediatrics
April 27, 2022
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Breastfeeding  

How your pediatricians in Ventura, CA, can help you care for your baby

You want your baby to thrive, and an important part of this is meeting your baby’s dietary needs, especially when your baby is a newborn. That’s where breastfeeding comes in. Breastfeeding is the best way to make sure your baby thrives.

The pediatricians of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, provide a wide range of children’s medical services, including counseling on breastfeeding.

There are many important benefits of breastfeeding. Let’s look at just a few of them:

  • Breastfeeding provides your baby with optimal nutrition, including the perfect balance of vitamins and nutrients.
  • Breast milk is digested easily and absorbed more effectively, with less stomach upset.
  • Breastfeeding is no cost to you; formula can cost 60-200 dollars per month, depending on the brand of formula.
  • Breast milk is ready anytime, with no preparation required. It also comes out at just the right temperature for your baby.
  • Breast milk contributes to a healthy immune system because it contains immunoglobulins from the mother.
  • Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby and can lead to a healthier, calmer baby.

Breastfeeding provides benefits for your baby, and it can also provide benefits for you too, including:

  • Helping lose the weight you gained during pregnancy
  • Helping to balance your hormone levels
  • Providing the convenience of on-the-go nutrition for your baby, so you can enjoy activities again.

Breastfeeding provides all the nutrients so your baby can thrive and grow. Breastfeeding can also give you peace of mind knowing you are doing the best for your baby.

These are just a few of the many important benefits of breastfeeding. Your pediatrician can help you learn tips and techniques to make breastfeeding easier for you and your baby.

Your pediatrician can also help if you are having difficulty breastfeeding, or if you are experiencing soreness and discomfort while breastfeeding.

To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and more about children’s healthcare, call the pediatricians of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, at (805) 643-7500. Call today.

By Surfside Pediatrics
February 09, 2022
Category: Pediatrics

Conflict is bound to happen at some point with your child, but it’s important that you can understand when it’s a normal conflict or a conflict caused by something your child is dealing with. Behavioral issues can show as a defiant personality that becomes a pattern or disrupts your child’s daily routine at home or at school. Your pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, can help you understand certain child behavior problems and how you can help your child with these.

What to Know About Child Behavior Problems

It’s completely normal for your child to set boundaries and be defiant every once in a while, as they grow and begin to understand themselves better. When it starts to become a more consistent issue, you may need to speak with your child’s pediatrician so that you can both figure out what your child may be dealing with and how you can help.

If child behavior problems are left untreated by your pediatrician in Ventura, CA, it can take a toll on your child’s mental health, as well as your own. A common behavioral issue is an oppositional defiant disorder which usually starts to show between the ages of 8 and 12. Your child may be regularly defiant against you, other family members, or their teachers.

If your child is struggling with this, they may often get angry, be resentful, will argue with adults, and will blame other people for their own mistakes instead of taking accountability. An important part of treatment is being able to communicate with your child and their pediatrician and giving them a space to feel comfortable.

Contact Your Child’s Pediatrician Today!

If you think your child is dealing with behavioral issues, you should be sure to voice your concerns to their doctor. Contact your pediatricians at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, to talk about child behavior problems and how they can be treated. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (805) 643-7500.

By Surfside Pediatrics
June 23, 2020
Category: Pediatrics

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.

By Surfside Pediatrics
April 09, 2020
Category: Pediatrics

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.

By Surfside Pediatrics
October 24, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Breastfeeding  

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.

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