EUGENE, Ore. – Multiple studies have shown that breastfeeding is beneficial for moms and babies.
In KEZI 9 News’ Parenting & Pregnancy segment sponsored by Women’s Care, anchor Renee McCullough shows how lactation consultants help new moms.
It’s been about five weeks since Fallon Renee came into the world.
“She’s very feisty. She’s a little redhead like her mom," said mom Jennifer Golden.
She weighed just 4 pounds 12 ounces, and Golden wanted to make sure she was doing everything she could to make sure she was getting the nutrients she needed.
“She was little and we really wanted to make sure we could get some weight on her quickly," Golden said.
At first, Fallon had trouble latching, something lactation consultant Jamie Skiles says is fairly common.
“It’s just not deep enough, or it’s causing some pain in the breastfeeding experience so we assess the latch first to make sure everything is going good there. An then we really just listen to mom and what it’s been like for her, and what her experience is and where she’s experiencing discomfort, what her successes are and where she kind of feels like she needs help,” Skiles said.
She said she sees a lot of first-time moms trying to navigate breastfeeding, but even the pros can have problems, and in some cases, breastfeeding isn’t meant to be.
“Guilt just kind of comes in there, and I like to help grace move in so guilt can move out and just support moms and babies and their families and support whatever they’re able to do with their breastfeeding and help them feel good about what they’re doing,” Skiles said.
For baby Fallon, they focused on making sure mom and baby were positioned correctly.
“A lot of it has to do with technique, and being a new mom, you don’t know,” Skiles said.
And after a few visits and plenty of practice, she’s nursing consistently and has already gained a couple of pounds.
“Well, she was just little and needed a little extra assistance,” Skiles said.
Skiles says babies who are breastfed tend to be sick less often and are better protected from certain health conditions and also sudden infant death syndrome. It also helps moms heal after delivery.