Research shows that breastmilk can provide protection against certain common childhood illnesses, such as ear infections, respiratory infections, and diarrhea. It can also help to reduce the risk of certain allergies and type II diabetes. For mom, breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin, which plays a role in bonding with your baby, as well as stimulates the uterus to contract following childbirth. Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer.
While the benefits of breastfeeding are numerous, breastfeeding can also come along with some challenges. Pain with latch, clogged ducts, mastitis, and low milk supply are all common but not normal when initiating a breastfeeding relationship. If you plan to breastfeed, it is helpful to have a plan in place if you should need additional support.
If breastfeeding is difficult, painful, or you have concerns regarding your supply, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. The sooner you feel supported, the better your chances of a successful breastfeeding relationship. Integrative Therapies & Wellness is now proud to offer lactation services.
As an occupational therapist with training in infant feeding, as well as a certified lactation counselor, I am able to assess baby’s latch and provide corrective interventions to avoid pain during nursing. I am also able to educate mom in common principles of milk production and provide reassurance that baby is transferring milk. In addition to these areas of lactation, I’m also passionate about providing holistic care. Many women find that with nursing comes musculoskeletal pain in their neck/back, arms, hands, wrists, etc., With education, repositioning and body work treatment often mom’s report that breastfeeding becomes much more comfortable. My goal is to provide support when and where new mom’s need it. I am able to provide services at our office, at your home, or virtually when necessary.
Hopefully these tips are helpful for you to begin a successful breastfeeding journey. If you find that you need additional support, contact us at Integrative Therapies & Wellness.
Alyssa Shirek, MOT, OTR/L
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