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By Surfside Pediatrics
May 05, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Breastfeeding  

Your pediatricians in Ventura, CA, can help your child stay healthy.

When you have a baby, it’s a wonderful event. Having a baby also comes with a lot of responsibilities and decisions. One important question is whether you are going to breastfeed or feed your baby formula in a bottle. Your pediatrician is an expert at newborn care and can help you decide what's best for you and your baby.

The pediatricians of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, offer comprehensive pediatric medical services to help your child stay healthy.

When you make your decision about whether to breastfeed or feed your baby formula, you need to have all of the facts. Let’s take a look at how breastfeeding stacks up against formula, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Breastfeeding offers a high level of nutrients that are balanced and digested easily. Formula nutrient levels are not consistent, and they are not absorbed as efficiently as breast milk. In fact, some babies experience digestive issues with formula.

There is no cost to feeding your baby breast milk, however, formula can cost anywhere from $60 per month to $200 per month, depending on which brand you choose.

Breast milk doesn’t require any preparation and is always at the right temperature. Formula requires preparation to get the correct consistency and temperature.

Breast milk contains important substances like immunoglobulins to help ensure your baby develops a healthy immune system. Formula does not have these substances, so formula does not help your child develop immunity.

When you choose to breastfeed, it helps promote a strong bond between you and your baby because oxytocin is released.

Your baby deserves to enjoy great health, and breastfeeding provides important benefits for your baby. To find out more about the benefits of breastfeeding and other children’s healthcare topics, talk with an expert. Call the pediatricians of Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, at (805) 643-7500 now!

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
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.

By Surfside Pediatrics
November 19, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Breastfeeding  

There are multiple benefits to breastfeeding or nursing your newborn. Many benefits are health-related for both mother and child, but there are emotional benefits, as well. One emotional advantage to breastfeeding is that it provides an excellent opportunity for a mother and child to bond with one another every time the baby nurses. Read below to learn the benefits of breastfeeding in greater detail, and call the doctors at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA for more information.

Benefits

There are many health advantages to breastfeeding babies. For maximum health benefits, the general recommendation is to breastfeed your newborn for at least six months, if possible. One breastfeeding benefit for mothers is that it helps burn calories. It also helps the uterus shrink back to its original pre-pregnancy size. Both of these benefits—burning calories and shrinking the uterus—can help mothers more easily lose weight.

Another benefit of breastfeeding that helps both mothers and babies is the prevention of both diabetes and cancer. Some studies have shown that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of developing either condition for both mother and child. Other benefits of breastfeeding are especially important for babies and including how:

  • Breastmilk is easily digested by newborns
  • Breastfeeding provides babies with the perfect balance of nutrients
  • Breastmilk provides important antibodies for preventing infection and disease
  • Breastfeeding helps babies bond with their mothers

Although breastfeeding has a plethora of positive effects, it does not always go smoothly for every mother and baby. Some babies have a difficult time latching on to the breast, which can make breastfeeding challenging. Breastfeeding can also be physically uncomfortable for the mother at times, especially when the baby does not latch on properly. Additionally, some mothers can experience difficulties in producing enough milk for the child. Fortunately, doctors, nurses, and lactation coaches can all help mothers and babies overcome different breastfeeding challenges.

Call our Ventura Office Today!

Breastfeeding offers multiple benefits to both mothers and babies. For more information on the benefits of breastfeeding, schedule an appointment with a pediatrician by calling Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA at (805) 643-7500.

By Surfside Pediatrics
August 10, 2018
Category: Health

Bottle fedWondering whether to breastfeed or bottle feed your soon-to-come newborn? Sometimes, breast vs. bottle is an emotionally charged issue. So, at Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, Dr. Kevin White and Dr. Stacey Lowen and their team want to give you basic facts to help you decide what's best for you, your baby and your family.

The advantages of nursing

Family health organizations typically endorse breastfeeding in Ventura as the optimal option for your baby's health and well-being--and yours, too. The American Pregnancy Association cautions, however, that if you feel ambivalent about it, talk to your pediatrician, lactation specialist, local hospital, or breastfeeding support group.

In general, nursing creates an intense bond with your infant. Face-to-face contact helps your baby recognize you quickly, and as a mom, your physiological and emotional well-being improves during early postpartum weeks as you breastfeed.

Nutritionally, nothing is as complete and as well-tolerated as breast milk. It confers substantial natural immunity against a variety of diseases as it transfers immunoglobulins to the baby. The medical professional calls this process passive immunity.

In addition, your baby self-regulates his or her intake, taking as much as is needed to feel full. Also, breast milk costs nothing; requires no bottles, measuring, or preparation; and is always available.

The advantages of bottle feeding

While your pediatrician highly recommends breastfeeding, some moms cannot nurse their babies because of a medical condition, family situation, or medication they are taking. That's where bottle feeding comes in as a wise alternative.

Bottle feeding has some distinct benefits, including:

  • A caregiver or family member can feed the baby
  • Ability to "stretch" time intervals between feedings
  • Easier to keep a baby on a regular feeding schedule (as opposed to demand feedings when you nurse)
  • No difficulties feeding the infant if mom is suddenly ill or gone in an emergency

The best trend

Women all over the world breastfeed their babies for six months to one year, says the World Health Organization. They see a quicker return to their pre-pregnancy weight and shape and later in life, enjoy lower rates of breast and uterine cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and more. Babies grow more quickly and have fewer allergies and ear infections when they are nursed--even for short periods of time. Truly, mom's breast milk is a "high test" fuel.

Learn more

If you wish to know more about feeding your newborn, please contact Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA, for more information. We want you and your baby to experience a great first year and beyond. Call (805) 643-7500.



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