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.