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Breastfeeding For Beginners

If you’re a first-time mother, the idea of breastfeeding can feel overwhelming and complicated. You may struggle with it at first and be unsure of whether or not breastfeeding is right for you. As a beginner, it’s important to know your options and know that you aren’t alone in your breastfeeding journey. Your pediatricians at Children’s Healthcare Associates in Chicago, IL, will be with you every step of the way to answer any questions that you may have about breastfeeding.

Learning How to Breastfeed

Breastfeeding works differently for each mother and child pair but has many benefits for both mom and baby. When you’re ready to start breastfeeding, your pediatricians in Chicago, IL, are here to answer any questions that you may have. You should make sure that you’re sitting comfortably and that you and the baby are both well supported. If you’re having any issues getting your baby to latch, you can make sure that their mouth is open first from a yawn or something similar before bringing them to your breast.

It's important that while breastfeeding, you’re comfortable and not experiencing any pain. If you start experiencing pain, you should take the baby off your nipple and start over. You should also be supporting your breast while feeding.

If breastfeeding continues to cause difficulties for you and your child, you can ask your pediatrician about pumping. This way, you’re still giving your baby all the nutrients that they need from breast milk and you’re still getting quality time to feed your child.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today!

The idea of breastfeeding can feel like a daunting task but isn’t something that you have to learn on your own. Contact your pediatricians at Children’s Healthcare Associates in Chicago, IL, to learn about breastfeeding. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (773) 348-8300.

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