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If you are a breastfeeding mother, whether this is your first child or not, you may need extra support to navigate any issues or concerns you have. One Pediatrics offers expert lactation and breastfeeding support for mothers in Northern Virginia.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

While breastfeeding is not the only way to feed your baby, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) contends that breastfeeding holds significant benefits for both mother and baby. 
It can help lower your baby's risk for conditions such as: 

  • Diarrhea

  • Bacteremia (blood infection)

  • Respiratory infections

  • Ear infections

  • Urinary tract infections

  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

  • Childhood obesity 

For the mother, breastfeeding can help minimize postpartum bleeding, stimulate uterine recovery, help her return to pre-pregnancy weight, and offer natural pregnancy prevention. Mothers who breastfeed have decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers. 

Why would I need breastfeeding support?

While breastfeeding is a wonderful way to feed and nourish your baby, it may have its challenges. You may feel unsure, lack confidence, or have some issues as you get started feeding your newborn. 

 

One Pediatrics strongly believes that receiving support from lactation professionals has been proven to increase breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, duration and success.

Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is here to help you reach your breastfeeding goals, and is available for 1:1 consults, tongue tie aftercare, and support meetings.

Lactation Consultants can help with a wide variety of challenges, including but not limited to:

  • Breast or nipple pain during or between feedings

  • Breast or nipple bleeding, cracking, or damage

  • Latch refusal or difficulties

  • Low breastmilk supply

  • Oversupply/heavy letdowns

  • Engorgement

  • Hand expression

  • Pumping

  • Bottle-feeding

  • Supplementing

  • Low infant weight gain or diaper output

  • Fussiness or excessive sleepiness at the breast

  • Excessive spitting up, gassiness, or stooling issues

  • Overly-frequent or long-lasting breastfeeding sessions

  • Tandem breastfeeding

  • Weaning

  • Inducing lactation or relactation

  • Pre- and post-frenectomy (tongue tie procedure) care

Breastfeeding support is beneficial for working mothers or moms who have multiples, special needs infants, or premature babies. Whatever your struggle, dedicated support from our lactation specialist can help you achieve your breastfeeding goals.

 

For compassionate, expert breastfeeding support, call One Pediatrics today to book an appointment.