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Common questions about breastfeeding

Aug. 1, 2018

Common questions about breastfeeding

While breastfeeding helps new babies get a great start in life, it isn’t always easy to do. Sometimes babies don’t cooperate, sometimes pumping is painful, and sometimes finding privacy can seem downright impossible. If you’ve made the choice to breastfeed your little one, hang in there. And browse these top topics for help along the way.

Common complaints
Common complaints
Low milk supply. Cracked nipples. Pumping woes. We asked Nicole Giangregorio, manager of women’s support programs at Sharp HealthCare, to share women’s top breastfeeding questions and concerns. “Hurdles are normal,” she says, “but breastfeeding can be a successful and rewarding part of being a new mom.”

Storage facts and guidelines
Storage guidelines
Did you know breastmilk is a living tissue? Or that you can keep it for up to one year in a deep freezer? Mary Ann Jones, program manager for lactation at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, shares helpful guidelines for safe and simple breastmilk storage.

Breastfeeding, diet and weight loss
Breastfeeding diet and nutrition
While there are no foods that a mother should strictly avoid while breastfeeding, there are a few considerations. Gain tips for healthy eating, and the answer to the age-old question, “Will breastfeeding help me lose weight?”

Personal stories
Personal stories
A little encouragement from fellow moms can go a long way. Learn how Melissa overcame latching issues, and Diana built a support system of friends, family and community resources.

How we can help
How we can help
At Sharp, we help make breastfeeding easier by offering information, classes, support groups and a free app. We have also partnered with the San Diego Padres on a first-of-its-kind nursing lounge, helping to create awareness and opportunity for women to breastfeed comfortably in our community.

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