Toral Freson, CNP, CLC, offers Lactation Counseling at Muddy Creek Pediatrics, assisting in understanding breastfeeding concepts. Her counseling includes, but is not limited to:
- proper latching techniques
- storage of breast milk
- increasing milk supply
- healing sore nipples
- monitoring newborn weight gain
The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant, a recommendation concurred to by the WHO78 and the Institute of Medicine.79 MCP follows the AAP guidelines on breastfeeding.
Colostrum (coh-LOSS-trum) is the thick yellow first breast milk that you make during pregnancy and just after birth. This milk is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby. Colostrum changes into what is called mature milk. By the third to fifth day after birth, this mature breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein to help your baby continue to grow. It also provides all of the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs. The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness.
Physical contact is important to newborns. It can help them feel more secure, warm, and comforted. Mothers can benefit from this closeness, as well. The skin-to-skin contact can boost the mother’s oxytocin (OKS-ee-TOH-suhn) levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps milk flow and can calm the mother.
Important websites for breastfeeding mothers:
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Toral to review breastfeeding of your baby, just call our offices!