Let’s get real, breastfeeding is HARD! I have breastfed four children and have experienced, perhaps, every single barrier to breastfeeding that one can encounter. I like to think this happened so I could take better care of my breastfeeding moms!Dr. Dunlap
The bottom line is this: if you are experiencing any issues with breastfeeding; painful/cracked/bleeding nipples, seemingly low milk supply, difficult latch, etc. Please ask for help! There is no need to suffer.
It typically takes anywhere from one to four weeks for breastfeeding to become the relatively easy bonding experience that moms are hoping for. For the large majority of women, this will happen, but it takes work! Breastfeeding is rarely a simple process without speedbumps along the way. Assuming a mom desires to breastfeed her baby, we can get through those barriers.
Although it is always recommended to at least try to breastfeed your baby (sometimes it’s a better experience than you realized it would be!), no mom will ever be made to feel guilty or stigmatized for choosing not to breastfeed.
The following articles are good resources for help with lactation as well as information about breastmilk storage. Remember, it is often best to have an in-person or virtual consultation with a certified lactation consultant. Florence Park Pediatrics has several lactation consultants on call that can do consultations in our office.
Heather Borsuk, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with over 14 years of experience. She offers home consultations, hospital, birth center and Telehealth services. She works with babies and families from pregnancy through postpartum.
Heather is a Lactation Network partner and her services are covered by BCBS PPO, Anthem PPO, and Cigna PPO. To become pre-approved, visit the Lactation Network website and request a consultation and complete the form, specifying Heather Borsuk as the consultant. Once approved, you will be covered at 100% for up to three visits.