3 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

If you’re a new mom or are planning to have children, you’ve probably heard several different breastfeeding newborn tips. They probably came from your friends, family, and even medical providers. Breastfeeding strongly bonds you and your newborn together. However, some women struggle to make a connection. They might experience pain, discomfort, or problems getting their baby to latch on. If this happens to you, understand several breastfeeding tips and tricks exist to make it easier.

Breastfeeding has many benefits for both you and your baby. Rich in antibodies, breast milk strengthens your baby’s immune system. Furthermore, a strong immune system helps ward off bacteria, viruses, illnesses, and allergies. Not only is breastfeeding great for your baby’s health, but it can also help you slim down following childbirth.

Don’t give up. Women’s Care Florida has a guide to breastfeeding for new moms. In addition, here are some breastfeeding tips for new moms that can help you find relief when you’re attempting to nourish and bond with your child.

Take breastfeeding classes

Many hospitals and birthing clinics offer breastfeeding classes that teach and coach new moms on how to breastfeed successfully. Learn about different breastfeeding positions so you can identify the most comfortable position that works for you. Classes also teach you the ins and outs of different types of breast pumps. Knowing all about breastfeeding can help you feel more confident and in control during the act. Plus, you can bond with other new moms who share some of your frustrations about breastfeeding.

Consult with a lactation specialist

Lactation specialists are like breastfeeding experts who offer guidance, tips, and tricks when you’re ready to start breastfeeding. These individuals have seen nearly everything when it comes to breastfeeding and can provide advice on how to make breastfeeding work for you based on your unique challenges. Ask your OB-GYN about your options for working with a lactation specialist at WCF.

Ask for help from hospital staff

When you give birth in a traditional hospital setting, you’ll be surrounded by nurses and pediatricians who will help you care for your newborn in his or her earliest hours. If you need help with breastfeeding, ask various staff members for their help, advice, and recommendations. By the time you’re ready to go home, you’ll have information, tips, and tricks about breastfeeding that can help you establish a lasting connection with your newborn.

Contact WCF to schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant and to learn more about how we can help take care of you.

Breastfeeding Safe Medications

Breastfeeding is a special way to bond with your newborn. Many health benefits exist when you breastfeed your child as well. Not only can breastmilk help strengthen your baby’s immune system, but it can also help you slim down following childbirth. However, when you breastfeed your child, it’s essential to keep breastfeeding safe medications in mind. What you consume can get passed to your baby through breast milk. That’s why it’s important to avoid things like alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine throughout the breastfeeding phase.

The same rule applies to drugs and medications. While most medicines are safe to take when you’re breastfeeding, others have adverse health effects on you or your baby. Even if you safely took certain drugs while pregnant, they can have a different effect when breastfeeding.

Consult with your physician or child’s pediatrician before taking drugs of any kind. This includes both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. To learn more about what medications are safe to take while breastfeeding, make an appointment with Women’s Care Florida today.

Today, the long-term effects certain medications have on your baby when breastfeeding remain unknown. For this reason, try to take medications only when completely necessary. In addition, limit yourself to the lowest recommended dose for the shortest amount of time. This can help lower the risk of severe side effects on both you and your baby.

Use short-acting vs. long-acting medications

Your body eliminates certain types of medications relatively quickly. When possible, ask your doctor to prescribe short-acting medications. Also, ask about alternative treatments if long-acting medications are your only option.

When taking short-acting meds, take them immediately following a nursing session. That way the drugs can leave your system before the next nursing session. On the other hand, take long-acting meds just before your baby’s longest nap or sleep session to lower the risk for adverse side effects significantly.

Monitor your baby for reactions

After taking medications of any kind, monitor your baby closely to look for unusual responses. These include extreme irritability or drowsiness, skin rashes, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive crying. Contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if you notice one or more of these symptoms after initial exposure through breastfeeding.

Consider expressed storing breast milk

If your physician prescribes a long-acting drug or a drug that could cause harm, consider storing your milk supply until the medication completely leaves your system. Consult your doctor about how long certain medications will take to leave your body. Additionally, if you need any help with expressing, ask for assistance from a lactation consultant.

Talk to your doctor before starting birth control

Certain types of birth control pills with high doses of estrogen can decrease your milk supply. This interferes with breastfeeding. Consult your doctor before starting birth control to confirm the medication you take will not affect breastfeeding in any way. Alternatively, consider using condoms, a diaphragm, or another birth control method that won’t interfere with your milk supply.

Want to learn more about breastfeeding and its health benefits for you and baby? The board-certified physicians at Women’s Care Florida offer comprehensive obstetrical services and are dedicated to providing the gold-star standard in women’s healthcare. Contact WCF to schedule an appointment and to learn more about how we can help you and your baby.

What to Eat When Breastfeeding: Nutrition and Superfoods

Human breast milk is typically high in nutrition and offers more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients than most commercial baby formulas. To maintain the consistency and quality of your breast milk, you must eat healthy, whole foods that provide your body the nutrients it needs. Therefore, to help your baby stay strong and healthy, you’ll need a healthy breastfeeding diet.

The physical demands of caring for an infant require you to eat well so you can maintain energy levels and lower your risk for illness. Behaviors such as skipping meals, failing to eat the right foods, and drinking too little water can have adverse effects on your milk supply, and on your own health.

Here’s what you need to know about nutrition to achieve a healthy breastfeeding diet:

Making milk requires extra energy and calories

The bodies of nursing mothers must work harder to produce milk, which means you’ll be burning more energy and calories as a result. Listen to your body’s hunger cues, and eat whenever you feel hungry.

Protein is important for breast milk production

Women who breastfeed usually require nearly twice the amount of protein as non-pregnant women who aren’t nursing. Plus, protein helps maximize your breast milk supply. Consume more protein from healthy, lean sources, such as beans, lentils, poultry, and fish.

What to eat in a healthy breastfeeding diet

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and low-fat dairy products are loaded with valuable nutrients that benefit both you and your baby. Avoid consuming boxed, processed foods while nursing, and increase your intake of healthy, breastfeeding superfoods.

Caffeine can make your baby irritable

Put off drinking caffeinated beverages throughout nursing, and stick to drinking water instead. Caffeine can make its way into breast milk and make your baby cranky and irritable; plus, it dehydrates your body and impacts milk supply. Focus on drinking more water throughout the day to flush out waste and keep your body hydrated.

Talk to your OB-GYN about developing a healthy, balanced meal plan to get the right nutrition for breastfeeding. Women’s Care Florida is devoted to helping you and your baby benefit from breastfeeding. Contact us today to make an appointment, and to learn more about our women’s health services.

Breastfeeding Timeline for the First Year: What to Expect

Breastfeeding is one of the best choices you can make for you and your baby. It offers several health benefits that promote overall wellness. Throughout the first year, you’ll experience changes in your breastfeeding routine as your baby grows older. Knowing what to expect with our breastfeeding timeline can help you identify and prepare to change your routine.

Schedule an appointment with Women’s Care Florida to learn more about breastfeeding basics and about what to expect during your baby’s first year!

Milestone #1: Latching on to the breast

During your baby’s first week, your focus will mostly be on making sure your baby latches on properly. Sometimes issues with latching is part of the breastfeeding timeline. If you experience problems getting your baby to latch on, get help from a lactation consultant. They can offer tips and guide you through the process. When your baby knows how to latch on, you can reduce the risk for sore, blistered, or cracked nipples. You can also increase your body’s milk production.

Milestone #2: Fulfilling supply and demand for milk

When your baby is two weeks old, you’ll notice that supply and demand for your milk will start increasing. This is because your baby’s growth and development rates will start soaring. Furthermore, you’ll both settle into a comfortable breastfeeding routine. Prepare for your baby to require more milk during feedings. Fortunately, your body will generate the amount of milk needed to provide your baby with adequate supply.

Milestone #3: Preparing for teeth and foods

Between the age of four and six months, your baby will start teething. If he or she latches on properly, you may not experience pain or discomfort from biting, unless your baby alters the feeding position to avoid hitting sore spots on the gums. Around this same time period, your baby may be ready to eat solid foods, even if teething hasn’t started. Start mixing breast milk with baby cereal, and introduce him or her to pureed fruits, vegetables, and meats.

Milestone #4: Preparing for breastfeeding distractions

Around the age of nine months, your baby may start losing interest in breastfeeding as he or she becomes distracted by what’s going on in the world around them. If this happens, don’t become discouraged. Distractions are part of the breastfeeding timeline. Instead, head to a quiet spot with fewer distractions so both of you can enjoy more fulfilling, relaxing breastfeeding sessions.

In addition to comprehensive, board-certified obstetrical care for women during their pregnancy, labor, and delivery journeys, Women’s Care Florida offers breastfeeding support and education for new moms. Schedule an appointment with WCF today and learn more about breastfeeding and its benefits for you and your baby.