Breastfeeding often requires expert help.
If you are experiencing any of the following, please schedule a consult right away. The sooner you get help, the less time it takes to resolve the problem.
- Your nipples are injured and/or breastfeeding hurts.
- You are sent home from the hospital feeding with a cup, syringe, or bottle.
- Your baby latches on and falls asleep.
- Your baby cries within ten minutes after eating.
- Your baby "eats" all the time, mouthing the breast without a lot of swallowing.
- Your baby isn't having enough poopy diapers (1 poop per day of life up to 4-5 days; more is okay) or poop isn't yellow after day 5.
- Your baby gains less than 5.5 ounces per week.
- Your baby is given supplements, including breastmilk, for any reason.
- Your baby cries, acts colicky, “never stops nursing,” or “never seems happy” at breast.
- Breastfeeding is difficult in any way.
Less urgent consults are helpful, too. Gain confidence in your new role as a mother with expert help to:
- check how breastfeeding is going
- help interpret your baby's behavior and cues
- answer the many questions new moms have
- discuss "older" baby issues.