Breastfeeding

PineyWoods Pediatrics offers lactation consulting. Moriah Riggins is board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and certified lactation consultant. She specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding and is available to help new mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.   

Q: Can I breastfeed my baby when I am sick?

A: Yes! You should breastfeed your baby when you are sick unless your doctor has prescribed medications that are not safe to take when lactating. You are giving your baby disease fighting antibodies to help your baby fight off the same illness you have.


Q: Are there medications that I can’t take when breastfeeding?

A: Most over the counter medications are not harmful when taking them as prescribed, but some can affect how much milk you produce. The best way to ensure the medication is not harmful is to ask a trained professional. You should ask your doctor or go to infantrisk.org.


Q: What foods should be avoided when breastfeeding.

A: No foods should be excluded unless your baby is fussy or has some sort of gastrointestinal symptoms. Consume a wide variety of healthy foods to expose your infant to various different flavors. Moderation is key!


Q: If my nipples are bleeding, can I still nurse?

A: Yes, unless you have a communicable disease such as HIV.  The concern is the baby’s latch. Seek professional advice.


Q: What is a safe length of time after alcohol ingestion to resume breastfeeding?

A: Alcohol transfers into breast milk the same as blood level of alcohol. If you are feeling effects of the alcoholic beverage then it could also affect your baby. Average time to refrain from nursing is 2-3 hours after moderate alcohol consumption. If you still feel effects of alcohol after 2-3 hours then your baby could feel the effects as well.


Q: My milk isn’t in yet, does my baby need formula?

A: No. Unless your doctor has concerns about your infant’s health or weight loss you are providing adequate nutrition for your child. Colostrum (AKA golden milk) is all your baby needs until your milk “comes in.” The average amount of time is 3-5 days.


Q: My breast are not full, does this mean I do not have enough milk?

A: No. Breast fullness and tightness suggest engorgement, which can be another problem. Every woman has different storage capacities of milk and as long as your baby has normal output and seems satisfied after feeds then you are providing enough nutrition for your baby.


Q: How do I produce enough milk?

A: Ensuring proper latch and frequent feedings helps you produce milk. Feed according to your baby’s early feeding cues and demands.


Q: Should it hurt to breastfeed?

A: Mild discomfort is normal for a few weeks after beginning to breastfeed, but it should disappear 30-40 seconds after your baby latches. If you have pain throughout the feeding, then professional assistance is recommended to help identify and remedy the problem.


Q: My first baby did not breastfeed. Does this mean I cannot breastfeed again?

A: Every breastfeeding experience is unique – just like the individual characteristics of your children. Follow current recommendations for a proper latch and if problems arise seek professional help early.


Q: I have to go back to work early, should I just give formula instead of breastfeeding?

A: No. Every ounce of breast milk counts and is beneficial for your child. Give it a try!


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