I provide Lactation services and education in the comfort of your home. Serving lower Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY
Breastfeeding is supposed to be painful This is simply not accurate. Breastfeeding should feel comfortable. Damage to your nipple, including blisters, cracks, bleeding, scabs and bruises are signs of a poor latch. Please seek help if nursing is painful.
Colostrum is not good for the baby Colostrum is the name given to the milk made in the first 24hr after birth. It is thicker than mature milk. It is very beneficial for your baby. It has many components including protein and growth factors. It is rich in antibodies that confer passive immunity to the baby. The amount of pumped milk is equal to what is in my breast The baby is much more efficient at removing milk from your breast than an electric pump. The baby can remove up to two and half times what a good electric pump can remove. I had a low milk supply with my first child so I will have the same experience the next time In many situations the specific circumstances of your first breastfeeding experience can affect your milk supply significantly. Frequently, women are able to produce an adequate supply despite difficulties with a previous experience.
If my baby received bottles, I will not be able to transition to the breast There are many techniques that can be employed to help a baby breastfeed after becoming accustomed to a bottle. It can take patience but it is possible.
Even if the latch is a little painful, I should just let my baby nurse A deep and adequate latch is important for two critical reasons: 1. The baby will only transfer an adequate amount of breast milk if the latch is correct and deep. This will ensure proper weight gain, growth and development. 2. A deep latch is comfortable and does not cause any tissue damage to your nipple. The number one reason that women cease nursing is pain and damage to the nipple.