Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers many advantages for both a baby and her/his mother. Click to download more information about breastfeeding. If you have not previously considered breastfeeding your baby, your awareness of these advantages may assist you with your decision.

We encourage all mothers to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is a natural but learned method to deliver the healthiest form of nutrition during your child’s first year of life.

Tonawanda/Island/Transit Meadow Pediatrics is pleased to offer lactation consultation services to those mothers who have chosen or may chose to breastfeed their baby, have questions or concerns about breastfeeding, or are experiencing problems with breastfeeding. Our internationally board certified lactation consultants provide consultation for routine and highly complex breastfeeding problems. Arrangements can be made for Main Pediatrics patients to receive these services.

Our lactation consultants’ extensive knowledge and dedication strive to make breastfeeding very enjoyable and successful for you and your baby. Lactation consultants are available six days a week during normal office hours to answer any of your breastfeeding questions. After office hours, on call nurses and doctors will provide you with any help that you need.

Breastfeeding FAQs:

Q: What are the advantages of breastfeeding?
A: Breast milk has been associated with numerous health benefits for both the mother and the baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement of February 2, 2005 explains that human milk feeding decreases the incidence and/or severity of a wide range of infectious diseases including bacterial meningitis, blood infections, diarrhea, upper respiratory and ear infections, allergies, asthma and diabetes. In addition, infant mortality rates in the Unites States are reduced 21% in breastfed infants. Breast milk is less expensive, breast milk feeding mothers have lower rates of breast cancer later in life, and the cuddling and bonding between mother and baby can be beneficial for both. No matter where you are, you have the perfect food at the right temperature ready for your baby whenever he/she is hungry.

Q: What can I do if I am having trouble with breastfeeding? Where can I get help & support?
A: In general, breastfeeding can be successful and without pain. Many resources are available: