Whether you are a first time parent or a seasoned one, you know there is no time in life like the first weeks with a new baby. Getting to know your new addition is joyous, but sleep deprivation and establishing a new normal for your family can be challenging! When feeding your baby is also a challenge, things can feel stressful. If you’re struggling with lactation, or just want to feel more confident on your journey, we can help.
At Physicians for Women in Madison, Wisconsin, The Madison Midwives have extensive experience with all types of lactation issues. We’re here to help you navigate the ins and outs of breastfeeding, and you can make an appointment at any time for assistance.
If you plan to breastfeed your baby, you can be providing short- and long-term benefits for both of you. For babies, breastfeeding is associated with:
- Reduced childhood infections
- Higher immunity against viruses and bacteria
- Reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and diabetes
For moms, breastfeeding is associated with:
- Improved uterine contractions after delivery (returning your uterus to its former size)
- Faster loss of lingering postpartum weight
- Reduced risk of postpartum depression
- Lower rates of certain cancers and some other medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, and arthritis
Common lactation issues
Lactation issues can make feeding your baby difficult and stressful. You may wonder where the fun, happy glow of bonding is. Don’t worry. Many moms and babies experience challenges in the early weeks that do get better. The main thing is to keep you and your baby healthy.
Here are some of the most common breastfeeding problems:
Low milk supply, or overabundant milk supply
Having too little or too much milk can make you worry about your baby getting enough to eat, or cause swollen, uncomfortable breasts and nipples. Our lactation consultants can help you with tips on how to stimulate milk production or slow it down.
If your baby won’t latch, or make a strong suction seal between their mouth and your nipple, you may experience pain and your baby may not be able to transfer milk effectively. Our midwives can help by assisting you with different positions and assessing your baby at the breast during a visit together.
Sore and cracked nipples
When feeding your baby hurts, it can be hard to enjoy the special bonding time you were expecting. Our consultants can help you adjust your baby’s latch and discuss strategies for caring for your nipples to promote healing and minimize discomfort. Things will get better!
Do you want a lactation consultation? Call our office at 608-218-4835 today or schedule a consultation using our online booking system. We can help you develop the bond with your newborn you absolutely deserve.