Breastfeeding

Common Breastfeeding Problems

Dr Stuppy addresses over and under supply of breastmilk, normal weight loss, engorgement, bowel movements, and nipple confusion in Over and Under Supply of Breast Milk..

Area Breastfeeding Support Group Meetings and Consultants

We offer a comprehensive lactation support group and lactation consultant list that was compiled with help from the Greater Kansas City Lactation Consultant Association.

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. Here are a few guidelines and suggestions to help you.

Breastfeeding and Medications

Many mothers need to take medications while breastfeeding. Most medications are safe while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding: Storage of Breast Milk

When you collect and store breast milk properly, you will help your baby receive the benefits of breast milk. Follow these guidelines so your breast milk will keep most of its nutrients and disease-fighting ability.

Mastitis (Infection of the Breast)

Mastitis is an inflammation or infection of the breast tissue around the milk ducts. Symptoms may include a tender or painful, reddened, warm or hardened area on your breast (usually on only one breast). You may also have a fever (101º or above) and chills, feel very tired, have a headache and experience overall achiness.

Breastfeeding: Sore Nipples

It is not uncommon to experience some nipple tenderness in the first week of breastfeeding a new baby. Severe nipple pain or long lasting pain is not normal and needs to be treated.

Increasing Milk Production

The best ways to increase your milk supply depend upon breast stimulation. You can put your baby to the breast for more feedings and / or express milk using a breast pump. Breast stimulation helps increase levels of the hormone prolactin. Prolactin is known as the “milk hormone” and helps initiate and increase your milk supply.

Breastfeeding: Mother's Diet

Good nutrition for you and your baby can be achieved by following these simple instructions while breastfeeding.

Breast Pump Information

To decide which type of breast pump is best for you, ask yourself these questions. Find out how to get your insurance carrier to help with the cost of the breast pump.