Lactation Counseling

Discover Health

Integrative Family Medicine & Naturopathic Doctors located in North Beach, San Francisco, CA & San Mateo, CA

Breast milk provides antibodies and enzymes that help protect against infection and even childhood obesity, and it’s usually the most convenient and economical option too. But as natural as breastfeeding is not always easy, at Discover Health in San Francisco, pediatricians and lactation experts Dr. Oded Herbsman and Dr. Jon-Michael Castelli give new moms the tools they need to overcome obstacles and continue breastfeeding. To make a lactation counseling appointment at their North Beach area location, call or book online today.

Lactation Counseling Q & A

What is lactation counseling?

Lactation counseling is designed to help new moms understand the nuances of breastfeeding and get you and your baby off to a good start. It’s also a critical tool for addressing any issues that may develop along the way.

Among other things, Dr. Herbsman and Dr. Castelli can help you:

  • See what makes a good latch
  • Figure out if your baby is getting enough milk
  • Learn different breastfeeding holds

The practice also has a licensed Lactation Consultant available.

What are common breastfeeding challenges?

Experiencing any problem that makes breastfeeding difficult or even interrupts your ability to nurse can make you and your baby anxious. The good news is that most common breastfeeding challenges can be overcome, allowing you and your baby to return to your regular feeding routine.

Dr. Herbsman or Dr. Castelli can help with:

  • Sore or cracked nipples
  • Inverted, flat, or large nipples
  • Plugged ducts
  • Breast infection (mastitis)
  • Fungal infections

In the early days of nursing, many moms find themselves dealing with sore, tender nipples. Breastfeeding should be comfortable, and all it usually takes is learning how to help your baby make a good latch and finding the best position to facilitate that latch.

Dry nipples can crack and bleed, making nursing virtually impossible. Painful cracked nipples can be treated in a variety of ways; rubbing a few drops of expressed breast milk into your cracked nipple after each feeding can keep it moist and help it heal. Avoiding harsh soaps is also beneficial.

What if I have a low milk supply?

Although many new moms worry about having enough breast milk for their babies, most have an adequate supply. In addition to monitoring your baby’s weight and growth to help alleviate your concerns, Dr. Herbsman or Dr. Castelli will teach you how breastfeeding changes as your baby gets better at it.

You’ll also learn about how growth spurts and the introduction of solids can affect the length of a feeding session.

If you have trouble nursing or you find yourself delaying feedings because breastfeeding is uncomfortable, call or book your lactation counseling appointment online today. Dr. Herbsman and Dr. Castelli are ready to help.