Support for Breastfeeding Mothers San Francisco

GetzWell Pediatrics offers support for breastfeeding mothers in San Francisco focusing both on mothers’ and babies’ well-being. We provide guidance with nursing, closely track baby’s growth and development, and make referrals to specialists as necessary. Our goal is to promote the health of our patients and help moms nurture their children more confidently.

New mothers often have questions about nursing and breastfeeding. We encourage you to learn more about the topics below and to schedule an appointment with one of GetzWell Pediatrics’ professionals with any additional questions.

Is my baby properly latching onto my breast?

Proper breastfeeding technique is important for newborn nursing. Here’s what a proper latch looks like:

  • Your baby’s chin is pressed into the breast
  • His / her nose is away from the breast
  • Baby’s upper and lower lips are everted, covering more of the areola with the lower than the upper lip
  • A portion of the breast around the areola is in baby’s mouth
  • As baby successfully nurses, you will see the jaw moving up and down and pausing briefly. This movement is different from sucking without swallowing, which lacks a pause

Every mother-baby pair is unique and may require customized techniques . However, this type of latch ensures your infant’s suck is successfully engaging milk ducts, signaling your body to produce milk, and it also has the benefit of providing a more comfortable experience at the breast.

Another thing to keep in mind: nursing is part art and part science. General recommendations and support for breastfeeding mothers can help many women improve their technique, but others may require more nuanced advice. GetzWell’s professionals can refer you to one of our favorite lactation consultants, each of whom is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®. We invite you to contact us for recommendations.

What is a “normal” amount of discomfort I can expect when breastfeeding?

Many new moms have pain when they begin to breastfeed. Some of this can be attributed to nursing being a new experience. It takes time for a woman’s body to adapt to this sensation. Typically, discomfort should go away after the first minute or so of breastfeeding.

If you have pain throughout nursing or between feedings, consider making an appointment at one of our San Francisco offices where we provide support for breastfeeding mothers. Other symptoms you should bring to our attention include:

  • Damage to your skin, such as cracks, blisters, redness, swelling, or bleeding
  • Deep and shooting pain in your nipples and/or breasts
  • Firm or hard areas in your breasts
  • Changes to the appearance of your nipples–they should not be flat or creased after nursing

In many cases, these symptoms represent treatable conditions such as skin irritation due to suboptimal latch or bacterial or yeast infection or mastitis. Please contact us so we can evaluate these concerns and get you on your way to nursing more comfortably.

How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

You may wonder whether your newborn is getting enough to eat. Typically, this isn’t a problem if:

  • You are feeding your baby every 2-3 hours or on demand, which may be more frequent
  • The baby has a proper latch while nursing
  • The baby naps after actively feeding for 15-20 minutes on each side–satisfied babies usually go from being anxious and hungry to limp, relaxed, and profoundly sleepy
  • Regular with us are ensuring proper weight gain and development

If any of the above leaves you with concerns or doubts, we encourage you to make an appointment at one of our San Francisco offices to address your questions about nursing your newborn. With a few simple and non-invasive steps, we can support breastfeeding mothers by determining how much milk baby is getting.

For example, we can weigh babies with a precision medical scale pre- and post-feeding to gauge the amount of milk they have had, and we may make recommendations about breastfeeding techniques to improve your nursing. We may also need to examine other issues such as reflux and colic that can interfere with proper breastfeeding. We’re here for you and want to provide help and peace-of-mind.

If you have questions about support for breastfeeding mothers, contact GetzWell Pediatrics online or by phone for an appointment in one of our two San Francisco offices.