Breastfeeding can be a wonderful bonding experience with your baby. Occasionally, it can also be a stressful one.
Don't worry. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioners at South Lake Pediatrics are Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) who can assist you with your breastfeeding needs. We stay up to date on the latest research and can provide the guidance, answers, understanding and reassurance you need at every stage:
Prenatal – We can discuss the breastfeeding process so you can decide if breastfeeding is right for you and your family and answer any questions you may have.
Postnatal – In the hospital we can help you get breastfeeding off to a good start. In the clinic we can continue to support your breastfeeding experience, answer questions, and help you if difficult situations do come along.
Infancy – We will discuss normal nursing patterns as your baby grows and changes.
Returning to Work – If you will be returning to work after the birth of your baby and wish to continue nursing, we can help you develop a plan tailored to your needs.
Regardless of your level of experience with breastfeeding, we would like to see you when your baby is 4-7 days old for a lactation visit and again when your baby is approximately 2 weeks old.
When to call the Office:
As pediatric nurse practitioners, we want to keep a close eye on your baby's physical development--as well as your own well-being. If any of the following occur, please call and let us know.
- If you are breastfeeding less than 8 times per day
- If there are fewer than 6 wet diapers per day
- If there are fewer than 3 BMs per day
- If your newborn is sleeping more than 4 hours at a time
- If your infant is irritable, restless or sleepy and refusing to feed
- If your infant was born before 38 weeks of gestation
- If you are having any problems with nursing-such as sore, cracking or bleeding nipples, difficulty latching your baby on to the breast, ongoing engorgement or pain-make an appointment for a lactation visit with one of our nurse practitioners who can gather a detailed history, watch the baby nurse and offer you tips to deal with your particular problem.