Lactation Consultant Specialist

First Class OBGYN

OB-GYN located in Miramar, FL & Weston, FL

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for the first six months of life? Laviniu Anghel, MD, exceptionally skilled obstetrics and gynecology physician, and the dedicated team at First Class OB/GYN in Miramar and Weston, Florida, provide a nurse lactation consultant to help you with breastfeeding. For premier OB/GYN care in a warm, caring environment, call to schedule an appointment with the lactation consultant or book an appointment online.

Lactation Consultant Q & A

What is a lactation consultant?

A lactation consultant is a nurse who specializes in lactation and breastfeeding. They teach mothers how to breastfeed their newborn babies and provide the support you need when challenges arise. Your lactation consultant at First Class OB/GYN educates you about lactation and helps you overcome obstacles and other concerns.

Some common reasons you would seek the professional advice of lactation consultant after you first give birth and beyond, include:

  • Low milk production
  • Breastfeeding positions
  • Babies with low weight gain
  • Manual and automatic breast pumping equipment
  • Breast milk handling and storage.

Your lactation consultant can provide advice for how to care for cracked, dry nipples, and how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk at each feeding. They can also advise you on how to manage to breastfeed and return to work.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding for babies?

Your baby reaps many health benefits when you choose to breastfeed. The milk your body produces for your newborn provides the complete nutrition your baby needs to be healthy. Breast milk contains proteins, sugars, and fats, plus many substances that benefit your baby’s immune system, including:

  • Antibodies
  • Enzymes
  • White blood cells
  • Antioxidants

Breast milk also contains immunoglobulin A, which coats the lining of your baby’s developing intestines to help prevent germs and allergens from getting through. Breast milk contains components that naturally soothe your baby, and it promotes a healthy weight.

In addition to the nutritional value of breast milk, throughout their lives, breastfed babies tend to have:

  • Fewer colds and respiratory illnesses
  • Less diarrhea and constipation
  • Less reflux
  • Fewer ear infections
  • Less illness overall
  • Fewer allergies
  • Lower rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Your lactation consultant can further explain why breastfeeding is an ideal start for your baby’s long-term health and wellness.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers?

Breastfeeding isn’t only beneficial to your baby, but for you, as well. It promotes faster weight loss after pregnancy since you’re burning an extra 500 calories a day just building and maintaining your milk supply. Breastfeeding stimulates your uterus to return to its normal, smaller size and promotes less postpartum bleeding. Additionally, when you breastfeed, you may experience a healthier emotional state, increased feelings of calmness, and better self-esteem.

Practically speaking, breastfeeding makes traveling easier for you and your baby. Breast milk is always readily available, sanitary, and the right temperature. It doesn’t require extra packing of formula and bottles.

If you need help breastfeeding, call to schedule a consultation with the nurse lactation consultant at First Class OB/GYN today, or click online to request an appointment.