Deciding to breastfeed your baby is the greatest gift you can give your child by providing the best possible start in life. Breastfeeding benefits you and your baby in many ways including mother-baby bonding, perfect nutrition, cost-savings and health benefits for you and your little one. It is a choice made by most new mothers but it can be a challenge. Breastfeeding is a natural process but it does not always come naturally. As a result, some new mothers have trouble getting started. Breastfeeding is a learned skill and like any new skill, it requires patience and practice.
At Potomac Pediatrics, we believe that it is important to offer all of the support and encouragement you need to successfully breastfeed your baby for as long as you wish. We accomplish this by getting things started off right. When you come into our office for your newborn visit you will first meet with our board-certified lactation consultant who will take a history, answer questions, offer advice and help formulate a breastfeeding plan that works for each mother-baby pair. The appointment will finish up with one of our pediatric practitioners who will examine your baby and address any other concerns you have.
We continue to support breastfeeding mothers by offering the services of our on-site, board certified lactation consultants who are skilled at assisting new mothers with:
- poor infant weight gain
- latch difficulty
- nipple confusion/preference (baby)
- nipple soreness (mom)
- low milk supply
- plugged ducts
- premature infants
- breastfeeding multiples
- moms returning to work
- helping new parents find ways to get more sleep
- other breastfeeding issues
Services offered by our lactation consultant include:
- Office Visits
- Office Consultations
- Phone Support
- E-mail Support
- Free Mother-Baby Support Group moderated by our breastfeeding specialists
- Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
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