At Cleveland Pediatrics we want your breastfeeding experience to be a good one. For that reason, we provide the services of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for patients of Cleveland Pediatrics. Leetta Stanley, LPN, IBCLC, RLC has over 20 years experience in caring for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
Cleveland Pediatrics believes in and supports breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that human milk is the preferred method of feeding for all infants, including premature and sick newborns.
- For the baby
- Breastfeeding decreases the possibility that your baby will get a variety of infectious diseases, ear infections, diarrhea, etc.
- For the mother
- Breastfeeding mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster and have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer. They also experience less postpartum bleeding, as the hormones that help with breastfeeding also make the uterus contract.
- For the family
- Breastfeeding facilitates bonding. Fathers and other children can participate by helping the mother with burping and rocking the baby, making sure the mother is eating and drinking enough, and helping with breast pump equipment and bottles.
- For the community
- Breastfeeding is lean, green, and clean. Breastfed babies are at a lower risk of being obese children. Breastfeeding won’t put a huge dent in your wallet, it saves water, and it doesn’t use energy for manufacturing or pollute the environment with garbage or manufacturing air pollution. There is no worry about the risk of contamination from bacteria or other substances. It is always fresh, at the right temperature, and ready to feed!
Reasons not to breastfeed:
There are very few reasons not to breastfeed. Mothers make good healthy milk even if their diets are not full of nutritious foods. Tattoos, piercings and breast surgery often do not interfere with breastfeeding. Most mothers who need medications for chronic conditions can breastfeed safely. Talk to your baby’s doctor, and/or your doctor or nurse midwife to determine if breastfeeding is the right choice for you.
NOT reasons not to breastfeed:
There are also a few reasons that you may think might make it impossible for you to breastfeed. This may not be the case. Talk to your doctor about any illnesses or conditions you may have, if you smoke, or if you are taking medications. Many medications are compatible with breastfeeding and although you should be encouraged to quit smoking if you smoke, smoking cigarettes is not a reason not to breastfeed.
For Breastfeeding help or questions please call our office at (423) 479-9733 to speak with Leetta. She will be happy to assist you with basic latch, basic positioning, multiples, tongue tie, milk protein allergies, low milk supply, abundant milk supply, fast letdown, teething, weaning, introduction of solids, and much more.