Advanced Women’s Care: Breastfeeding Advice in Pensacola
Advanced Women’s Care is there for you from the first ultrasound to the postpartum process. Breastfeeding takes practice, and most new moms have trouble learning how to do it. If you’re pumping and not breastfeeding, that’s okay too. Our medical professionals are here to help you make sure your newborn is well-nourished either way. Make sure to eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water (as much as eight glasses a day.)
Understanding the Stages of Milk Production
Advanced Women’s Care will run through the details of what to expect while you’re nursing before your delivery, so you’re prepared. However, there are some facts that are important to remember, so we’ve collected them here, for your convenience:
- Colostrum: During their first days on earth, colostrum provides critical antibodies and nutrients needed to help them fight infections. They only need a little bit. Colostrum tends to be yellow in color.
- Transitional Milk: After three to five days, your body will produce milk that appears orange in color. This milk predates mature milk and is just as important to your newborn’s development.
- Mature Milk: Around two weeks, you’ll begin producing mature milk, which is white and a little thinner than transitional milk.
There are Any Number of Available Nursing Positions
In the beginning, your baby will need to be breastfed every two to three hours, so it’s important to understand how to do it and how to be comfortable while breastfeeding. It usually takes 20 to 45 minutes for either breast to drain completely, and it is vital they do so, as the hindmilk is loaded with the nutrients your newborn needs. If you’re having trouble breastfeeding, you’re not alone. Lactation consultants are available, and they can often make house calls. There’s no shortage of ways to breastfeed, including:
Lying on your back
Put your baby on your front and their cheek on your bare breast.
Rest their head in your elbow bend and use pillows to elevate their head to nipple level while cupping your breast with the other hand
If you’ve had a C-section, chances are you’re still recovering. Use the hand on the side of the breast that’s nursing to lift their head to nipple level.
This position is a godsend in the middle of the night because you can face your band and nurse comfortably.
Contact Advanced Women’s Care Today
Advanced Women’s Care provides comprehensive services to women in Pensacola, FL. In addition to breastfeeding advice, we also offer a wide array of OB, teen, and outreach services. Our medical team has decades of combined experience, and we’re here to serve you.