What is your practice’s opinion on breastfeeding?

We feel that nursing is one of the most critical aspects of the first year of life. We will do everything we can to motivate and assist our mothers to be successful at nursing. Unlike many other offices, we will ensure that before making any recommendations about supplementation with formula or donor breast milk, we will assess the child’s weight and hydration status. Weight loss is common in the newborn period and our office does not become anxious when we see these issues. We will need your infant to be seen more frequently and possibly have you work with a lactation consultant to ensure the infant is getting their nutritional needs met. We must also remember that some infants have other diseases or health concerns that does not allow them to nurse successfully, and it’s not the fault of the mother. It’s often the child who does not have the tools to be successful.