Along with many respected health organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), The Polyclinic Pediatrics Department recommends exclusive breastfeeding for an infant’s first 6 months and then, in addition to complementary foods, through a baby’s first year. We encourage all new mothers to breastfeed, unless there is a health condition that prevents it.

Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding provides many short- and long-term benefits including:

  • An excellent source of nutrition for your baby
  • Development of your baby’s digestive and immune systems
  • Special bonding time for mom and baby
  • Reduced risk of childhood diseases such as asthma, atopic dermatitis, ear infections, gastrointestinal infections, as well as chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure
  • Positive impact on maternal health including reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and type 2 diabetes

Breastfeeding Challenges

Despite its many benefits, we also understand that breastfeeding can be a challenge. It often takes time and practice to learn how to nurse, and to find what works best for you and your newborn. To help new mothers through the early weeks and months of breastfeeding, we offer convenient in-office lactation support visits. We have certified physician lactation educators with specialized training in breastfeeding education and problem solving. We offer longer initial visits (up to 60 minutes) and shorter follow-up visits as needed with you and your newborn.

Lactation Support Services include:

  • Feeding observation; coaching for breastfeeding confidence and comfort
  • Addressing challenges such as nipple pain and infection, latch difficulty, slow weight gain, jaundice
  • Learning tools and techniques for optimal breastfeeding; nutrition tips for mom and baby
  • Tracking infant weight using a specialized infant scale

We’re here to help make your breastfeeding experience a positive, successful one. To schedule a lactation support visit, please contact one of our physician lactation educators.