Helping new families with breastfeeding day after day, you begin to notice some of the same questions popping up. With years of experience under their belts, our team of lactation consultants have answered numerous questions for both new and experienced parents, so this week on the blog we wanted to give some answers to some of the most common questions that we’ve seen to date.

Should I stop breastfeeding if I develop mastitis?
Mastitis can be a very common occurrence, and although can be painful, breastfeeding is actually a way to help clear the infection. Mastitis occurs when the milk ducts are not properly drained. Continuing the breastfeed helps to draw the infection out and take care of the issue. As BabyCenter states, always consult a professional if you think you have mastitis. The professionals in either of our two locations can give the help you need to take care of this infection.

Can I pass illnesses on through breastmilk to my baby?
Many parents come to our offices worried about passing illness to their children through breastmilk. While there is a list of serious illnesses that should make you pause before breastfeeding, we are lucky in that our bodies produce antibodies to help cure infections, and those antibodies get transmitted into our breastmilk upon production. This makes it possible to breastfeed even when sick with common illnesses like colds and flus, without passing anything along to the little ones.

When is the right time to start pumping?
This is one of the most common questions we get in the office, and while breastfeeding versus pumping is a very personal decision for each parent, there is a general consensus that beginning to pump as early as three weeks so that baby can get used to breastmilk from the bottle as well as the all natural way! Consult your lactation consult for more information and for help making the ever-important pumping decisions.

Have more questions that weren’t answered here? We now have two offices servicing the greater Metropolitan area, and our consultants are all expertly trained and ready to help you!