Whether you are breastfeeding, formula feeding, a combination of both, or have questions, Andover Pediatrics is here to support you and baby.
If you are Breastfeeding
At Andover Pediatrics, we’re thrilled to offer in office lactation support. If your baby is struggling to nurse before leaving the hospital or is being discharged from the hospital with a complex feeding plan we can often bundle your newborn visit with a lactation visit. Just ask while scheduling your next appointment or call to schedule a lactation appointment.
Breast & Nipple Care
The biggest takeaway is the importance of treating the root cause.
Engorgement is a normal process when the milk “comes in” usually 2-5 days after giving birth. For some mothers the feeling is very obvious and for others is is more subtle. Often when babies are latching well and feeding frequently this won’t be as dramatic as many mothers picture. Below is a link that goes into management a bit more.
We get a lot of calls about medications and breastfeeding. As it turns out, the answer RARELY is to pump and dump. Here is a link to the database our nurses use when checking to see if a medication is safe while breastfeeding. If it is not a straightforward answer call us and we would be happy to look over it with you.
This website also is an application you can download on your phone as a quick reference. For multiple medications or more complex medication questions we recommend calling Infant Risk Center for a free consultation with experts on medication and mothers milk.
or Call at 1-806-352-2519
If you are Formula feeding
Here at Andover Pediatrics, we support your decision to feed your baby however works best for your family. We strive to create an inclusive, welcoming office environment where you will feel safe and supported through those hazy newborn days and beyond.