Mothers who choose to breastfeed their infants may find that they experience difficulty and pain during those first few weeks of learning techniques. It’s important for new moms to remember that both mother and baby are learning how to nurse, and there will be a period of adjustment for everybody. At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we provide all of the resources and support that new mothers need when it comes to breastfeeding. Dr. Ahmadinia has found that the following tips have been especially beneficial for nursing moms in Apple Valley and throughout High Desert.
How Can I Improve My Breastfeeding Experience?
Remember that you are feeding your baby the same foods that you are eating. Your baby may experience sensitivities to certain foods, such as extremely spicy, salty or sweet foods. Experiment with what works for you and your child. Remember to eat a well-balanced diet rich in lean protein, whole grains, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and leafy greens. This will ensure that your baby is getting all of the nutrients he or she needs during these important developmental stages.
Eat, eat, and keep eating. You need to consume at least 1,500 calories per day in order to breastfeed your baby. It is tempting for mothers to start their post-baby diets as soon as their pregnancy is complete. However, nursing moms need to eat more in order to stay healthy and sustain milk production. Remember that even though you are eating more as a nursing mom, you are burning plenty of calories just by nursing your baby. Many breastfeeding mothers find that they lose the weight they gained while pregnant even while they nurse their babies.
If you have any questions at all about your own nutrition, your baby’s weight gain, your baby’s latch or your own comfort, be sure to contact a professional. Breastfeeding is a very natural experience, but that does not mean that it comes easily for mothers and babies. Most new moms will find themselves with questions and seeking advice, and it’s important to get the information you seek from professionals. Nurses, midwives and lactation consultants all can provide women with the advice that they need when it comes to breastfeeding. Whether you are experiencing pain or discomfort while nursing, or you are afraid that your baby is not obtaining a proper latch, you should feel comfortable calling our office in order to get the resources and support that you desire.
Breastfeeding can be a rewarding experience for both mother and baby. If you plan to breastfeed your child or you are struggling with your own nursing experience, be sure to reach out for the help and support you need from Dr. Ahmadinia. Our office staff promotes breastfeeding and hopes to provide all moms who wish to breastfeed with the help, care, support and advice that they need during this experience. For more information on breastfeeding your baby, contact our office today.