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Breastfeeding

Why is Breastfeeding so important?

Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nourish your new baby. It delivers all of the nutrients your little one needs to thrive, and in the proper proportions. Breast milk is also easy for your newborn to digest and avoids many of the stomach troubles associated with other forms of nutrition. 

Research shows that babies who breastfeed receive enhanced protection against infectious diseases and also have lower rates of serious health issues later in life. They tend to gain weight faster but are leaner than babies who receive formula, and some studies even suggest they rank higher on IQ tests later in life. 

That said, not every woman can breastfeed, and some women choose a different nutritional path for their children. No matter what your choice or set of circumstances, the practitioners at 4th Trimester Place are here to help as you make the transition into parenthood easier. 

What are some common Breastfeeding challenges?

Some women settle into breastfeeding routines with absolutely no challenges. For others, the process is not so easy. Many women experience breastfeeding challenges, and even if you breastfeed one child with ease, you might have a different experience the next time around. 

 

Some of the more common breastfeeding challenges include:

  • Low milk supply

  • Sore or cracked nipples

  • Breast infection (mastitis)

  • Plugged milk ducts

  • Oversupply of milk

  • Fungal infections

  • Breast engorgement

If you encounter any of these issues, the team at 4th Trimester Place offers a range of solutions.  

What are some Breastfeeding support services?

Increasing your milk supply is one of the most common breastfeeding issues. Enhancing hydration and nutrition is often a solution. 

For women who’ve experienced a pause in breastfeeding, re-lactation involves beginning the process again. This often requires a period of nipple stimulation and milk extraction and takes time and patience. 

Adoptive mothers often want to explore inducing lactation as an option. With the right support, you may be able to breastfeed even if you did not give birth. 

Women who need to return to work appreciate breastfeeding support as they create their plans. Some choose to increase their milk supply to pump additional breast milk while away from their little one, or even to freeze. 

Infant Feeding Assessments: Breast, Pumping, Bottle:

Navigate the world of infant feeding confidently with our expert assessments. From breastfeeding guidance to pumping and bottle-feeding support, we ensure both you and your baby thrive.

If you’d like more information about breastfeeding services, call 4th Trimester Place today to book a visit, or schedule online. 

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