Breastfeeding

Pediatric Associates of Austin -  - Pediatrician

Pediatric Associates of Austin

Pediatricians located in Austin, TX

Kimberly Stewart, RN-CLC is our lactation counselor. Kim is a mother of three wonderful children ages 13, 9, and 3! She began her nursing career in 2009 in Dallas, TX at Baylor University Medical Center in their neonatal ICU. It was then that she realized her passion to help mom’s and babies with their breastfeeding needs. Kim moved back to Austin, TX in 2012 to be closer to family and continued her NICU career at Dell Children’s for another 2 years. Kim is also experienced in pediatric Home Health and Ob/Gyn nursing. In 2016, Kim joined the Pediatric Associates team working as an R.N. and Certified Lactation Counselor. She is excited to assist mom’s in having a successful breastfeeding experience. Come see Kim today whether for a quick visit or a more in-depth consultation. She will strive to meet your needs. We will also have a relaxing new lactation room for scheduled sessions and breastfeeding supplies for sale.

Breastfeeding Q&A

Pediatric Associates of Austin

What is a Breastfeeding Consultation?

A breastfeeding consultation is meant to offer support and guidance to mothers who wish to nurse their children, and may be new at the experience, or may be experiencing difficulties. Several women, particularly those who have not breastfed before, might find the experience a little troublesome to master. Frequently, these difficulties cause a mom to abandon breastfeeding altogether. Breastfeeding consultations and lactation support can assist mothers with overcoming difficulties and can educate them on how to breastfeed effectively.

What are the Benefits of Breastfeeding?

Several studies have linked breastfeeding with numerous benefits for both the mother and child. In addition to assisting with forming a close bond between mother and child, babies who are breastfed tend to possess stronger immune systems as well. This means they are less likely to experience diseases during childhood and also into adulthood. Mothers who breastfeed also usually find it easier to lose pregnancy weight when breastfeeding, and it also decreases the risks for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers in addition to reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life.

How does a Breast Pump Work?

A breast pump is useful for women when they need to express the milk from their breasts and bottle it. This can help provide food for infants when the mother is away or when the breasts are too sore or tender to nurse effectively. Breast pumps use a soft cup, which secures over the top of the nipple. A motor in the breast pump provides gentle suction to draw milk from the breast into a bottle. Some women choose to use manual pumps which do not operate with a motor. Similar to nursing, using a breast pump will take a bit of practice to learn how to use it correctly. Information about breast pumps can be provided during your consultation appointment. For more information about breastfeeding consultations, or to get help for issues you may be experiencing, contact the practice to schedule an appointment with the Lactation Counselor.