Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

The physicians and staff of Peachtree Park Pediatrics actively promote breastfeeding as the ideal nutrition for newborns and infants. From the prenatal conversation through the hospital visit and initial exams in the office we will encourage new mothers to breastfeed and help them through the transition period until they become confident nursing mothers. To assist new mothers Joy Nichols, a certified Lactation Consultant, sees newborn mother/baby dyads in the office two days per week.

Fortunately, almost all women are physically able to produce milk and breastfeed. Women who may have difficulty include those who have significant underlying health problems or have had breast surgery, particularly breast reduction. If you are concerned about your ability to produce milk we recommend a visit with our Lactation Consultant prior to delivery to evaluate your breasts and any potential barriers to breastfeeding.

Typically with the first baby it takes 4-5 days for the mother’s body to produce milk. However, during those first days the mom is making colostrum which provides the baby with important nutrition and antibodies. It is normal for newborns to lose weight during the 1st week while the mom’s milk supply is coming in; the weight is gained back during the 2nd week. In most cases it is not necessary to supplement a newborn with formula or water. You will have a chance to work with the nurses and Lactation specialists in the hospital after delivery. We typically see newborns in the office within 2 days of going home from the hospital so we can monitor breastfeeding and weight gain.