What is breastfeeding medicine?
Breastfeeding medicine focuses on the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. Those trained primarily in this field are known as lactation specialists and consultants. Physicians, often pediatricians, obstetrician gynecologists or family practitioners who are trained in lactation provide care for nursing mothers and their children. This branch of medicine is slightly different than other specialties because physicians who practice in this field combine medical and lactation support for both mother and baby, providing care to both patients at the same time. While breast milk is felt to be nature’s first food, breastfeeding does not always come naturally. Breastfeeding is a physiological process that involves both the mother and baby.
OUR COMPREHENSIVE ARRAY OF LACTATION CARE FOR BOTH MOTHER AND BABY INCLUDES ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF:
- Latch difficulties or refusal
- Premature infants with feeding issues
- Tongue tie
- Poor weight gain in infants (failure to thrive)
- Nipple and/or breast pain
- Low milk supply
- Blocked milk ducts
- Mothers who are exclusively pumping
- Inverted nipples
- Prenatal consults
- Breast infections and/or mastitis
- Concerns about returning to work and breastfeeding/pumping
Why is breastfeeding medicine considered specialty care?
We provide specialized breastfeeding care for both mother and baby. Because we are a medical specialty practice and we are seeing both mother and baby as patients in one office visit, we are able to address and treat any issues that are identified with either the mother and/or the baby. In addition to providing basic lactation care and support, we also provide medical support, guidance and treatment for more complex breastfeeding issues.
We also offer appointments with IHA Lactation Consultants at six area practice locations. Our lactation consultants are all certified nurse practitioners. Learn more.