Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding Mother

Breastfeeding is the single best thing you can do for your baby in their first year of life.  The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, followed by breastfeeding in combination with complementary foods until at least 12 months of age.

All parents want what is best for their babies but we understand that breastfeeding can be a considerable challenge for some moms.  We are here to help with support and answers to your questions.  Our PA at Legacy Pediatrics, Kate D Shand, is a lactation specialist.  Please feel free to call and talk to her about any breastfeeding questions or set up an appointment for more in depth issues with breastfeeding.

Helpful Breastfeeding Links

The Stanford School of Medicine has some great information and videos regarding breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding support at home

Little Darlings is a local, private lactation consulting company who will come out to your home to assess and help you with your breastfeeding needs.  We highly suggest Donna Barrows (who is an RN and IBCLC certified lactation consultant) at Little Darlings.

You can also read more on breastfeeding and see our breastfeeding guide in our parent guide.

Questions about maternal pharmaceutical drugs and their effects on breastfeeding?

Please visit the US National Library of Medicine section called LactMed by clicking here.  Insert the drug name and find the most recent data on how this may effect your baby.  And as always, if you have questions, call our office and speak to one of our nurses, or our lactation specialist and PA, Kate Shand.

Breastmilk Storage

Many parents have questions about how long pumped/expressed breastmilk is good for in various situations (fresh/refrigerated/frozen).  The chart below was derived from the Stanford School of Medicine breastmilk storage instructions.

BreastmilkTime
Fresh, room temperature8 Hours
Fresh, refrigerated8 Days
Thawed, after freezing24 hours
Frozen (-20°F to 0°F)12 months
Frozen in home freezer (5°F to 15°F)6 months
Frozen in small interior freezer2 weeks

Please feel free to call and talk to her about any breastfeeding questions or set up an appointment for more in depth issues with breastfeeding.  And check out a blog she wrote with some helpful tips regarding breastfeeding.