Being a new mother can be an exciting and yet nerve-wracking experience. Especially when it comes to breastfeeding and picking up on all your baby’s cries, and picking up on your baby’s behavioral cues.
The experts at the Mother’s Resource Center on the Community Regional Medical Center campus are here to help. Lactation consultant Kelley Holt said they can help new mothers learn when their baby is crying over being hungry, needing to be burped, or wanting a diaper change. She said mothers who breastfeed may also feel the stress of a baby not latching or wanting to latch all the time. Also, if you’re concerned you’re not making enough milk, your baby’s weight will help determine if there’s a problem.
Kelley stated, “A lot of things that babies do, especially up in postpartum, a few days after delivery, there’s a lot of things that the babies do just naturally, normal baby behavior, but moms interpret it as something’s wrong or I must not be making enough milk. That happens a lot, and so it’s just reassuring them, like you know what, your baby is doing is very normal.”
Kelley said mothers can always call the Mother’s Resource Center at (559) 459-6288 if they ever have any concerns about their or their baby’s health.