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Lactation Support Specialist

Healthy Kids Pediatrics -  - Pediatrician

Healthy Kids Pediatrics

Pediatricians located in Nassau County, Port Washington, NY

Breastfeeding can be difficult for many women, especially first-time moms. Healthy Kids is a top provider of lactation support for moms throughout the Port Washington, NY, area, providing support and guidance to help breastfeeding moms feel more confident and achieve greater success in breastfeeding.

Lactation Support Q & A

Is it Difficult to Breastfeed?

Like any skill, breastfeeding can take some practice, and some women may find it easier to breastfeed than others. The primary key to success is to relax before and during breastfeeding and to remain persistent and not give up at the first signs of difficulty. Lactation support can play a critical role in helping women learn how to breastfeed successfully while also helping ward off initial feelings of failure.

What is a Lactation Consultation?

Lactation consultations provide important support for mothers who are new to the breastfeeding process as well as those with experience in breastfeeding following previous pregnancies. Because breastfeeding can be difficult to master, especially for first-time moms, working with a healthcare provider with experience in lactation counseling is important to prevent women from giving up out of frustration if they're not immediately successful. The postnatal period can be a stressful time, and having additional support is important for building feelings of confidence.

What Benefits Can Breastfeeding Provide for My Baby?

Breastfeeding has been linked with many benefits for infants. Among the top benefits:

  • Breastfeeding supports a closer bond between mother and baby.
  • Breast milk contains vital antibodies that can help a child build a stronger natural immune system to ward off serious diseases, both during childhood and as adults.
  • Women who breastfeed tend to lose pregnancy weight more quickly.
  • Some studies have linked breastfeeding with decreased risks for breast, uterine and ovarian cancers and a lower risk for developing osteoporosis.
  • Breastfeeding is less costly than bottle feeding with formula.

How Do Breast Pumps Work?

Breast pumps help women express breast milk on their own so they can pump while at work or any time the baby is not feeding, building up a “backup” supply of breast milk. The pump uses a soft, form-fitting cup that fits snugly over the nipple. The cup is attached to a long tube that allows the breast milk to drain into a reservoir. When the pump is turned on, gentle suction draws the milk from the breast and into the reservoir. Manual (non-electric) breast pumps are also available.