Many women experience difficulty when learning to breastfeed. Sore nipples and improper latching are just a few of the problems. New mom Jenna says breastfeeding her son was painful and frustrating, so she started using nipple shields, which helped, but now she can't wean her son off of them.
Breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk took Jenna to The Pump Station and Nurtury, a new mother's breastfeeding resource center, to learn the Dos and Don'ts of breastfeeding.
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says there are many benefits of breast milk: It improves IQ, boosts the immune system and even promotes healthy teeth. It lowers the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, asthma, allergies, pneumonia, respiratory infections and ear infections. The benefits to mom are increased bonding with the child and burning up to 500 calories a day.
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson clarifies that breastfeeding doesn't cause breasts to sag; pregnancy does. "And something can be done about that," says plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon with a smile.
Dr. Funk gives you more breastfeeding tips.
Jenna says after learning tips from The Pump Station, her son was able to latch on right away but weaning him off the shields will probably take some time.