For many mothers, breastfeeding can be easy and happens with minimal difficulty. Many other new moms will find breastfeeding more challenging, particularly during the first few weeks. The Lactation services offered at Peacock Pediatrics can help you work through those challenges and any others you may have along your breastfeeding journey.
Peacock Pediatrics provides lactation services to our patients because we know breastfeeding promotes the baby’s immune system. Numerous studies have shown many long-term advantages for breastfed babies and their mothers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies exclusively breastfeed for at least six months and then continue breastfeeding while adding in table foods for at least the first year of life.
Breastfeeding is a personal decision every mother must make for herself and her infant. The most important rule of being a parent is to feed the baby, and we are here to support mothers who exclusively breastfeed, formula feed, or choose any of the combinations on this continuum.
Our lactation services include:
- A pre-baby meeting is available on request. It covers general practice information as well as discusses the medical, developmental, and lactation support at Peacock Pediatrics.
- Breastfeeding counseling and close follow-up for first-time mothers and for mothers who may have encountered problems previously with breastfeeding and are seeking a better experience with their new baby
- Coordinated newborn care and lactation care during the same office visit
- Very close follow-up for infant weight loss or inadequate weight gain
- Individualized instruction to help mothers fine-tune breastfeeding techniques, including different latch and holding positions
- Reviewing methods to improve & maintain milk supply
- Tips for engorgement, soreness and pain with breastfeeding
- Weigh/Feed/Weigh sessions in the office, to help determine how much milk baby is transferring with each nursing session and devise a feeding plan to meet the baby’s needs
- Breastfeeding support beyond the newborn period, covering topics such as returning to work, pumping and storage of expressed breast milk
Check with your insurance company to see if Lactation services are covered under your insurance policy, or inquire about cash pay prices for these services.