Shannon Medical Center provides lactation consultation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The consultants receive special training in the area of breastfeeding and all are certified by the International Lactation Consultant Association.
Shannon offers a breastfeeding community gathering of new mothers each Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Women and Children’s Family Room located on the third floor of the Shannon Women’s & Children’s Hospital.
At the Shannon Breastfeeding Blog, you can read helpful tips and ask your own breastfeeding questions.
Q) Is it normal for breastfeeding to hurt?
Slight sensitivity with initial latch is normal but discomfort should completely subside after 15-30 seconds of nursing. After that amount of time you should feel no pain or discomfort. If you are experiencing pain, check the infant’s mouth for flanged lips and that most of the areola is in the infant’s mouth.
Q) How do I know if my baby is getting anything or enough to eat?
We watch for the number of wet and dirty diapers, as well as monitoring the infant’s weight to ensure your baby is eating enough. Most infants will lose some weight in the first few days, then begin to gain weight, returning to birth weight by two weeks of age.
Q) What is considered a “normal” number of minutes for an infant to remain at each breast?
Feeding times vary greatly from baby to baby. The best way to ensure your infant is receiving the right amount of foremilk and hind milk, and empties your breasts adequately is to: latch infant to right breast and allow infant to nurse until they fall off or goes to sleep with no continued nursing with stimulation. Then, burp the infant and offer the left breast. The infant may feed less to this side or refuse all together. With the next feeding begin with the left breast. (If your left breast feels full or is uncomfortable you may want to pump for comfort and store the milk.)
Q) Do breastfed infants need to be burped?
Yes! Most breastfed infants have less gas because there is no air inside the breast for them to swallow. However, your infant can swallow air with latching attempts, during crying spells or just with general swallowing while not at the breast. Burping your baby before, during and after a feeding is always a good idea.