Breastfeeding can be rewarding for both mother and child. Human milk is a “superfood” for babies, providing all the essential nutrients, calories, and fluids they need to support their health, growth, and development. It also contains powerful antibodies that protect against a host of illnesses.
By promoting skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding creates an affectionate bonding experience that will set the stage for healthy relationships throughout the child’s life. A nursing mother may recover from childbirth more quickly because her body will naturally release hormones that may reduce postpartum bleeding and help her uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.
Along With the Rewards Often Come Challenges
Although breastfeeding is natural, it does not come naturally to many women or babies. Therefore, it can be physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging. Whether you are a first-time mom or a seasoned pro, the certified lactation counselors at Autumn Oak Speech, Voice, and Hearing in Friendswood, Texas, can be an invaluable source of guidance and encouragement during this important and potentially stressful time. As breastfeeding advocates, we specialize in supporting pregnant and breastfeeding women from the weeks leading up to their baby’s birth through the final stages of weaning. We can work with you and your baby to help ensure a long and successful breastfeeding experience.
How a Certified Lactation Counselor at Autumn Oak Can Help
The lactation counselors at Autumn Oak are healthcare professionals who have completed 52 hours of lactation education and passed the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice certification exam. We have the specialized expertise necessary to address your concerns, troubleshoot your specific issues, and help you learn how to:
- Recognize your baby’s hunger cues
- Establish an optimal feeding routine
- Find a comfortable breastfeeding position
- Confirm that your baby is properly latched
- Maintain or increase your milk supply
- Guidance for preventing cracked and sore nipples and other pains while nursing
- Relieve breast engorgement
- Use a breast pump
The certified lactation counselors at Autumn Oak work with many mothers who choose to breastfeed, helping them feel empowered throughout their journey.
If you would like to learn more about infant feeding, you can talk with a certified lactation counselor at Autumn Oak Speech, Voice, and Hearing. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our clinic in Friendswood, TX.