About Breastfeeding

Being able to breastfeed is often a fulfilling, enjoyable part of being a parent — but it’s not always easy at first! At Angel Kids Pediatrics, with multiple locations in Jacksonville, Amelia Island, and Saint Johns, Florida, the skilled pediatrics team offers a variety of resources to make your breastfeeding journey a success. Call 904-224-KIDS (5437) to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation or use the online booking tab today.

Breastfeeding Q & A

What are breastfeeding consultations?

Breastfeeding consultations at Angel Kids Pediatrics are visits with a certified lactation consultant, who offers in-office support and assistance to help make breastfeeding successful and fulfilling. 

The practice also offers motherhood and breastfeeding support groups, new baby seminars, and telehealth or in-office consultations for new moms. All Angel Kids Pediatrics clinics have lactation rooms. 

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

The benefits associated with breastfeeding include:

  • Exceptional nutrition for newborns and infants
  • Strong immune systems
  • Enhanced mother and baby bonding
  • Cost savings

If you aren’t able to breastfeed or choose not to, don’t feel bad about it. There are other ways to ensure your baby gets the nutrition needed to thrive. 

But if you want to breastfeed, your certified lactation consultant offers you all of the support needed to meet your goals.

Is breastfeeding right for me and my baby?

The decision to breastfeed is entirely up to you. Most women prefer to at least try it, as it does offer numerous benefits for you and your new addition. But some women aren’t able to or choose not to for a variety of reasons. Your lactation specialist works with you to make breastfeeding possible, if that’s your goal.

What should I expect during breastfeeding consultations?

During breastfeeding consultations at Angel Kids Pediatrics, you meet with a lactation consultant who offers certified advice about breastfeeding your baby. They teach you strategies that make it easier for your baby to latch on, as well as tips for proper nutrition, exercise, and other healthy habits to adopt while you’re nursing.

What you put into your body often gets into your breastmilk, so it’s important to check with your doctor before taking any medications or dietary supplements while nursing. Eat nutritious foods and avoid smoking or drinking alcohol before feeding your baby.

Sometimes it takes awhile to get used to breastfeeding, so don’t give up if it’s difficult at first. Track your baby’s weight, growth, dirty diapers, and feeding schedule to make sure they get enough calories and nutrients to grow and develop properly.

Your pediatrician lets you know if you should supplement with baby formula, and when to add additional foods to your baby’s eating plan.

To take advantage of breastfeeding consultations at Angel Kids Pediatrics, call the office or use the online booking feature today. Telemedicine appointments are also available.