Breastfeeding - Oakdale ObGyn
View All Pregnancy & Childbirth Services

Services Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding your baby offers many benefits. We’ll help you learn how to create the best breastfeeding experience for you and your baby, including basic feeding positions, breast and nipple care, milk storage, proper latching, breastfeeding when you return to work and managing challenging environments.

Our team includes a breastfeeding (lactation) educator who has two children of her own.

Breastfeeding and COVID-19

What should I know about breastfeeding my baby and COVID-19?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have differing opinions, but ultimately, you should make the decision on whether to breastfeed your baby in consultation with your health care providers.

The WHO recommends breastfeeding for infants and young children whose mothers have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection. Breast milk, which is the best source of nutrition for babies, also helps protect them from other infections, including infections of the ears, lungs, and digestive system. The WHO notes that if COVID-19 is detected in breast milk, it does not mean that your baby has the infection. It also recommends sharing a room, holding your baby, and skin-to-skin contact, saying the “benefits of breastfeeding and nurturing mother-infant interaction to prevent infection and promote health and development are especially important when health and other community services are themselves disrupted or limited.”

The CDC, on the other hand, says health care providers should discuss with a parent with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 the risks and benefits of temporary separation in the hospital to possibly prevent the transmission of the virus to the baby. The CDC recognizes that the ideal setting for the care of a healthy, full-term newborn while in the hospital is in the parent’s room. But it notes that it is not known if COVID-19 can spread to baby in breast milk, although the limited data currently available suggests that it isn’t likely. After being fully informed of the risks and benefits, the parent should decide whether to temporarily separate, according to the CDC.

If I have COVID-19 and decide to breastfeed my baby, what should I do?

  • If you have COVID-19 and choose to breastfeed:
    • Wear a cloth face covering while breastfeeding and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before each feeding.
  • If you have COVID-19 and choose to express breast milk:
    • Use a breast pump that is not shared with another person
    • Wear a cloth face covering while expressing milk, and your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before touching the breast pump parts
    • Carefully clean all parts of the breast pump that come into contact with your breast milk

Source: YoMingo, Customized Communications, Inc.

Related: Pregnancy and COVID-19

Maternal Benefits of Breastfeeding:

  • Helps with weight loss after pregnancy
  • May reduce your response to stress
  • Reduces your risk for breast and ovarian cancer
  • May reduce risk of heart disease
  • Helps to manage formula-related costs

Benefits to Baby:

  • Breast milk is more easily digested than formula
  • Provides protection from various illnesses until the baby can be fully immunized
  • Decreased risk of lung diseases
  • Decreased risk of ear infections

Our services include a lactation consultant. If you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding, talk with your provider about this service.

Other helpful resources include:

Websites

Article by Oakdale ObGyn Physician Taryn McEvoy:

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. You may initially experience some uncomfortableness as your baby learns to nurse. Or, it’s hard to position your baby correctly. This is all normal.

Some new moms may develop mastitis, an inflammation of the mammary gland, while breastfeeding. If you experience symptoms that include painful, red breasts, talk to your provider immediately.

Our breastfeeding (lactation) consultant offers new moms breastfeeding advice at our clinic in Maple Grove. Ask your provider about this service.

Our providers are happy to offer tips and strategies to help you and your baby have a positive experience with breastfeeding.

We can offer advice on equipment, nipples, bras, breastfeeding at work, and more. Just ask. And if you are having concerns, our lactation consultant is at the ready to assist.

  • Is there a “best” way to breastfeed?
  • What’s the best way to position my baby?
  • How often should I breastfeed?
  • Is it ok to use a pacifier?
  • How do I know if my baby is latching correctly?
  • What are some tips to care for my nipples?
Benefits of Breastfeeding

Maternal Benefits of Breastfeeding:

  • Helps with weight loss after pregnancy
  • May reduce your response to stress
  • Reduces your risk for breast and ovarian cancer
  • May reduce risk of heart disease
  • Helps to manage formula-related costs

Benefits to Baby:

  • Breast milk is more easily digested than formula
  • Provides protection from various illnesses until the baby can be fully immunized
  • Decreased risk of lung diseases
  • Decreased risk of ear infections
Breastfeeding Resources

Our services include a lactation consultant. If you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding, talk with your provider about this service.

Other helpful resources include:

Websites

Article by Oakdale ObGyn Physician Taryn McEvoy:

Understanding Risks

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. You may initially experience some uncomfortableness as your baby learns to nurse. Or, it’s hard to position your baby correctly. This is all normal.

Some new moms may develop mastitis, an inflammation of the mammary gland, while breastfeeding. If you experience symptoms that include painful, red breasts, talk to your provider immediately.

Where You Receive Breastfeeding Advice

Our breastfeeding (lactation) consultant offers new moms breastfeeding advice at our clinic in Maple Grove. Ask your provider about this service.

What to Expect

Our providers are happy to offer tips and strategies to help you and your baby have a positive experience with breastfeeding.

We can offer advice on equipment, nipples, bras, breastfeeding at work, and more. Just ask. And if you are having concerns, our lactation consultant is at the ready to assist.

Questions to Ask Your Provider
  • Is there a “best” way to breastfeed?
  • What’s the best way to position my baby?
  • How often should I breastfeed?
  • Is it ok to use a pacifier?
  • How do I know if my baby is latching correctly?
  • What are some tips to care for my nipples?
Video

Our team is committed to helping you be and stay healthy.
Call 763-587-7000 or book online today.

Schedule an Appointment

Related Posts