Breastfeeding is encouraged and supported in our Austin Obgyn office.
It is the best nutrition for your baby and has other benefits as well. It is not always as natural as you might expect and requires commitment and support from family members. If you experience difficulty in the first couple of weeks, please get help from a lactation consultant or call our office.
Things to watch for:
- If your breasts become engorged you can use warm packs for comfort and Tylenol prior to nursing.
- If you have reddened areas of the breast that are hot to touch and sore with a temperature greater than 100.4 you may have mastitis or breast infection. Call the office to discuss these symptoms and possible treatment. You will continue to nurse the baby with mastitis.
- If your nipples crack or are very tender it may be a problem with the baby latching on correctly or thrush. You may wash with water only or use lanolin or gel shields designed to heal this sensitive area.
- It is advisable to continue taking your prenatal vitamins while breast feeding.
- It is very important to be sure over the counter and prescription medications are safe, check with your pediatrician.
- To maintain an adequate milk supply you need to get plenty of rest, drink 10 glasses of fluids and increase your calorie intake about 300 calories daily.
- Do not smoke while breastfeeding.
Bottle feeding may be the best option for some women. If you choose to bottle feed, remember this is a very important time for bonding with your baby and give them your full attention. DO NOT prop a bottle for an infant until they can sit up and hold it on their own. Wear a tight fitting bra. Use an ice pack for comfort if you experience tenderness or engorgement, this will pass in a few days. There is no safe medication to “dry up your milk.” Do not express the breast milk, this will increase your discomfort and stimulate more production. You may use Tylenol or other pain relievers.