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Confused about breastfeeding? We are here to help.
All mothers, at one point or another, will have questions about breastfeeding. While the Internet is certainly a wealth of information with many forums centered around the early motherhood experience, it’s also important to have a doctor by your side that can provide you with the information you need to make breastfeeding easier. Read below to learn the answers to some of the most common questions about breastfeeding, and contact Austin, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Peter Kangos, for further counseling.
Q. When should I start breastfeeding?
A. Did you know that it is physically possible to start breastfeeding about one hour after your baby is born? Given this progression, it is recommended that you begin breastfeeding while still in the hospital. However, since the first 24 hours of your baby’s life is spent sleeping, it’s important to keep that in mind that it may be a bit more difficult for them to latch on right away.
Q. How often should I breastfeed?
A. Every baby is different when it comes to their feeding schedule; however, you can expect to feed every 1-3 hours both day and night, and you should know that your child should never go more than 4 hours without nursing. Of course, as your child continues to grow their stomach will expand. This means that they will consume more milk during feedings but will feed less often.
Q. How long will I breastfeed?
A. How long you choose to breastfeed your child is a decision that is left completely up to you. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding your child for up to six months, before splitting your child's diet between breastmilk and solid food for up to 2 years. This is something you can talk to our Austin, TX, children’s doctor about to figure out the best approach for you and your baby.
Q. What are the signs that my baby is hungry?
A. It’s good to try and nurse your baby before they begin crying from hunger. Signs that your baby is hungry include,
- Opening their mouths
- Puckering their lips
- Moving their head side to side
- Rooting reflex
Q. How can I make breastfeeding more comfortable?
A. We know that breastfeeding isn’t always easy. Finding a comfortable nursing position is one way to make the experience easier on the mother. While you’re nursing, place some specialty items near you such as magazines, healthy snacks, or even the remote so you can watch TV. You can also prop your feet up on a footstool for additional comfort and support. Remember: Just because you’re breastfeeding, doesn’t mean that you can't give yourself a bit of a break.
Do you still have questions about breastfeeding? If so, the caring medical team here at Kangos Pediatrics in Austin, TX, is here for you. From new moms to experienced moms, we provide you with the support and care you deserve! Dial (512) 250-1997 today!
Breastfeeding is a very personal and sometimes overwhelming decision for new mothers. If you are considering breastfeeding, you should know that there are a number of benefits for both mother and child according to the medical community. Dr. Peter Kangos, a pediatrician in Austin, TX, offers breastfeeding consultations to help answer questions and provide support for nursing mothers.
Pediatrics and Prenatal Care in Austin, TX
Breastfeeding has been found to have a number of lifelong benefits for both babies and nursing mothers. In the short term, breastfed babies may have stronger immune systems, fewer digestive and respiratory issues, and fewer ear infections. For nursing mothers, breastfeeding is believed to have a number of health and wellness benefits as well, from weight loss to a potentially lower risk for postpartum depression. It may also reduce postpartum bleeding and lower the risk of anemia and urinary tract infections.
Potential Long-Term Benefits of Breastfeeding for Children and Moms
Breastfeeding is believed to lower the risk for certain types of diseases for nursing mothers, including:
- Breast and ovarian cancer
- Autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of a number of health issues for children including:
- Childhood cancers
- Colitis and Crohn's Disease
- Respiratory problems
- Oral health issues
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- MS (multiple sclerosis)
- Breast cancer
Breastfeeding may also be more convenient and cost-effective for some families.
How Does Breast Milk Compare to Formula?
In situations where breastfeeding is not an option, formula is a good alternative to help give your baby the nutrients they need to grow and develop. However, buying formula and accessories like bottles is more expensive than breastfeeding, and babies sometimes have more difficulty digesting formula. Breast milk is free and designed by the body to specifically meet a nursing baby's needs.
Find a Pediatrician in Austin, TX
For more information about breastfeeding and prenatal care, contact Kangos Pediatrics by calling 512-250-1997 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kangos today.