Breast milk is filled with balanced nutrients and antibodies that are necessary to help your baby grow strong and develop his/her immune system. Breastfeeding is also a natural way for you to bond with your baby and lose weight gained during pregnancy. While breastfeeding is very natural, many women may experience difficulty as they begin breastfeeding their babies. This is why Ogden Clinic helps new moms by providing lactation consultants and other resources.
Our lactation consultants are available to you from the moment you deliver and feed your baby for the first time, through the duration of his/her breastfeeding years. They can show you how to position the baby and ensure that the baby is latching on to your nipple correctly. The lactation consultant can also provide helpful tips about how to be comfortable while breastfeeding, how to hold the baby, and how to listen for proper sucking and swallowing.
Sometimes issues with breastfeeding may not arise until after you have taken your baby home. Many women start to notice difficulties during their first week of being home with the baby. Some common problems that breastfeeding moms face include:
Breastfeeding and lactation counseling at Ogden Clinic can also be helpful for women who have preemies, infants with serious medical conations (such as a cleft palate), or multiples (twins, triplets, etc.). Our lactation consultants can help you form a feeding schedule, select the right breast pump, and counsel you once you want to transition your baby to solid foods.
To ensure successful breastfeeding, it is important to remember that healthy breast milk production starts with a healthy body. New moms should remember to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains. You should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, get as much rest as possible, and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
Nursing your baby with breast milk is a crucial part of his/her development and an important opportunity for you to bond with the baby. If you are experiencing any issues, come to Ogden Clinic in Utah to talk with our lactation consultants.