Breastfeeding is a profoundly personal journey filled with rewards, challenges, and numerous questions. Whether you're a new mother or you've been through the adventure before, there's always something else to learn or issues to troubleshoot.
Our team at Southfield Pediatrics in Bingham Farms and Novi, Michigan, is committed to equipping parents with the services and professional support they need during their parenting journey, from newborn through adolescence.
That's why our lactation specialists are highly trained and armed with knowledge, experience, and a passion to help. Here's a list of questions you might consider asking during your next visit:
1. Ask about breastfeeding basics
Many folks expect new moms to be parenting experts. At Southfield Pediatrics, we want you to feel comfortable asking questions, including those that involve the basics like:
- What should I expect in the first few days after birth regarding breastfeeding?
- How can I tell if my baby is latching correctly?
- How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
- How long does it take to breastfeed?
- What if my baby falls asleep before finishing?
- What does it feel like when you’re breastfeeding?
- How does breastfeeding compare to formula?
- How do I know milk is flowing?
- Are there specific considerations for breastfeeding twins or multiples?
To help lessen anxiety, consider scheduling a visit with our lactation experts before delivery. We’re also always available for appointments throughout the breastfeeding phase since questions can arise at various stages.
2. Consider your physical concerns
Ask questions related to your physical self, such as:
- Why are my nipples sore, and what can I do?
- Are there specific breastfeeding positions you'd recommend for my situation?
- How can I prevent or manage engorged breasts?
- What’s the best bra type for nursing moms?
- Will I lose weight while breastfeeding?
- Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding?
- Will my breasts return to normal after breastfeeding?
Ask for facts rather than relying on stories you’ve heard about breastfeeding, which may or may not apply to your situation.
3. Milk production and pumping
Many questions surrounding breastfeeding deal with milk production and pumping, including:
- How can I increase my milk supply?
- When and how often should I pump?
- Are there specific breast pumps you'd recommend?
- Do I refrigerate pumped breast milk?
- Will I need to warm the pumped milk?
- How long does breast milk last?
- How can I maintain my milk supply once I return to work?
- What are some tips for pumping at work?
- How should I store and transport breast milk?
These are good questions to ask in advance to prepare you for that first night away from your baby or when you return to work.
4. Get the facts about nutrition and medication use
Consider these questions about food and medication use when breastfeeding:
- What should I include in my diet to ensure optimal nutrition for my baby?
- Are there foods or drinks I should avoid while breastfeeding?
- Can I take vitamins and other supplements while breastfeeding?
- Can I take over-the-counter medications like Tylenol when breastfeeding?
- Do certain foods make my breast milk taste better?
- Can I go on a weight-loss diet when breastfeeding?
If you’re taking prescription medications, always check with your physician to ensure they’re safe for breastfeeding moms and babies.
5. Weaning and transition
Weaning and transition to solid foods is a significant milestone for baby and mom. Questions about that phase may include:
- When is a good time to start introducing solid foods?
- What are some gentle strategies for weaning my baby?
- Will my baby fuss when weaning starts?
- How can I manage the emotional and physical changes when weaning?
- How long before I stop producing milk?
Your Southfield Pediatrics lactation specialist can also provide tips about local support resources and printed information about the challenges and rewards of breastfeeding.
Schedule a visit today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online. We’re here to help.