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Breast Feeding

Breast Feeding

Breast Feeding services offered in Edina and Burnsville, MN

Breastfeeding is a wonderful choice for both mother and child, but it isn’t always an easy or straightforward process. Mothers in and around Edina and Burnsville, Minnesota, can rely on the team of highly skilled women’s health specialists at Southdale ObGyn for personalized breastfeeding support. Just call or click to schedule a visit.   

Breast Feeding Q & A

What are some of the benefits of breastfeeding?

Expansive research shows that breastfeeding offers a wide range of health benefits for both mother and child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the choice to not breastfeed leads to more than $3 billion in additional health costs per year. 

It’s recommended for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies until they reach at least six months of age. Unfortunately, only around one out of every four infants receive this level of breastfeeding. 

Some of the benefits of breastfeeding include reduced risks for the following:

  • Asthma (infant)
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal infections (infant)
  • Type 1 diabetes (infant)
  • Type 2 diabetes (mother)
  • Ovarian cancer (mother)
  • High blood pressure (mother)

These are just a few of the reasons why mothers are encouraged to breastfeed for as long as possible. 

What are some common breastfeeding issues new mothers face?

Breastfeeding might be a natural way to feed your child, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Many mothers encounter breastfeeding issues, and virtually all find it frustrating when things aren’t working as planned. 

Some of the potential bumps in the road when getting started with breastfeeding include:

  • Low milk supply
  • Sore nipples
  • Problems latching on
  • Plugged milk duct
  • Breast engorgement
  • Fungal infections

Women who don’t have a supportive environment for breastfeeding can struggle, as can those who experience postpartum depression as they adapt to feeding their little one. 

What are breastfeeding support services?

At Southdale ObGyn, all mothers receive the utmost respect and support, regardless of how they nurture and feed their children. For mothers who want to try breastfeeding, support services ensure they have access to highly skilled practitioners when questions or concerns arise.

You can begin breastfeeding support even before you give birth. Learning about the benefits of breastfeeding and what to expect can make the process far easier to navigate. 

Anytime a worry or problem arises, don’t hesitate to reach out to the practice for support. You work with an experienced practitioner to address any breastfeeding problems and find a way to stay on track with your goals. 

You can book a visit online any time of day or night or reach out by phone during normal business hours.