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If you’re planning to breastfeed, you may want to keep reading. Sure, you may have signed up for a breastfeeding class or two and asked some friends about it. Still, many new moms are blissfully unaware of what breastfeeding really entails.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend six months of exclusive breastfeeding as a target bench mark. Yet, research has shown that few mothers achieve this goal in the U.S. In fact, a survey published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that two-thirds of mothers nursing newborns are unable to stick with breastfeeding for as long as they intended.
Why do many moms stop breastfeeding within the first few weeks after their baby is born? Some common reasons include: sore nipples, perceived insufficient milk production, concerns about baby’s nutrition and weight, and difficulties with breastfeeding.
It’s important to get off to a good start so you can maintain your breastfeeding goals.
First, ask your doctor about having a consult with a lactation consultant. Lactation consultants are professional breastfeeding specialists. They can teach you how to feed your baby, and help with any breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, low milk production and return-to-work issues.
Next, learn the truth about what breastfeeding entails. If you’re like many new moms, what you expect and the reality of it may be vastly different. Here’s what nobody tells you about breastfeeding:
Now that you know some of the truths about breastfeeding, we wish you the best! Breastfeeding can be challenging in the beginning but the benefits for you and your baby make it all worth it. Remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your breastfeeding experience, seek out the help of a lactation consultant.
Learn more about breastfeeding services at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Both Edward and Elmhurst hospitals offer prenatal breastfeeding classes to teach you the basics, as well as a breastfeeding support group led by an IBCLC or a certified breastfeeding counselor.
The Edward Breastfeeding Center has a new, nearby location at 10 W. Martin Ave., Suite 202, in Naperville. Moms with infants and toddlers in tow can enjoy more convenient parking and shorter distance to enter the building. In addition to providing support and assistance to moms who have chosen to breastfeed, the Center also has breastfeeding and pumping supplies available for purchase (breast pumps can also be rented).
The Breastfeeding Center is open to all moms in the community, even if you didn’t have your baby at Edward Hospital. Call 630-527-3238 to make an appointment.
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