Making the choice to breastfeed your newborn is one of the best decisions you can make for the health of your child and can put them on the path to a strong immune system that will serve them well into adulthood. More evidence continues to support the benefits involved with breastfeeding, so it can feel frustrating if you are having issues. Before you decide to discontinue breastfeeding, consider reaching out to a lactation specialist. Lactation specialists are experts regarding breastfeeding and can provide education, as well as assistance with conditions that could be making breastfeeding challenging for you and your newborn.
One sign that you should consult with a lactation specialist is if your newborn consistently falls asleep during breastfeeding. That can indicate they are exhausting themselves in their attempt to get a sufficient amount of breast milk. Often, mothers fear they are not producing enough, but the actual cause can be a condition called ankyloglossia, also referred to as being tongue-tied. This condition occurs when the tongue is attached to the bottom of the mouth, making it difficult to suckle. Because the newborn has trouble nursing, they will get tired and eat less, which can result in another sign to watch for– not gaining weight properly. You should know that it is a simple procedure to resolve this problem, and your lactation specialist can make this diagnosis.
Here at Goodall Family Dentistry, we are one of only a few dental offices in the region that offers lactation services. If you would like to meet with a lactation specialist here at our Cary, North Carolina office, give us a call to schedule a consultation.