Get support: addressing concerns and uncertainty
When it comes to breastfeeding – especially for new parents – there may be uncertainty around expectations and what is best for both parent and child.
“There is no one-size-fits-all solution to breastfeeding. A lactation consultant can tailor care to each patient and help keep the parent from feeling overwhelmed,” says Dr. Hartman, who works at Riley Park Maternity Clinic in Calgary. “Patients don’t need to go at this alone — there is support when and where you need it.”
For parents who cannot or do not want to breastfeed, there are other feeding methods to ensure the health of both parent and baby. Dr. Hartman suggests pursuing alternatives like donor milk, pumping and formula.
PCNs can also connect patients with dietitians, pharmacists, social workers and mental health counsellors to ensure both parent and baby are receiving the right care while on their breastfeeding journey.
“Above all else, I recommend patients be kind to themselves,” says Dr. Hartman. “Parents can feel a lot of guilt, and as medical professionals it is our job to help them get the care they need. There are options, so make sure you talk to your doctor if you are struggling or unsure.”
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