Fresh Focus #12: Feeding the Baby
In this episode of Fresh Focus, Melaina Lane, Dietitian and youngest of five girls shares several different stories and struggles our Registered Dietitians have had when it came to feeding their babies. She discusses benefits of breastfeeding, history of formula, seeking help from a lactation counselor, and provides encouragement no matter what path you choose to feed your baby.
Congratulations! You have just delivered your adorable baby! Now you are faced with the decision on breastfeeding vs. formula-feeding. There can be a lot of pressure to do one or the other. I think new moms don’t necessarily expect the opinions that come with making that choice. Just remember a fed baby is best, no matter your planned choice of feeding.
Although breastfeeding and nursing are often described as “natural,” it might not feel that way for everyone. For some it comes very easy, “like riding a bike,” but for others it is a struggle. Maybe the baby doesn’t latch well, you have a low milk supply, your nipples are super sore, you don’t have much support in the home, you have a demanding job, or there are medical issues that make breastfeeding more difficult. Remember, even breastfeeding moms who seem to have it all together, often find it difficult and overwhelming at some point or another.
What if breastfeeding or pumping doesn’t work out or you are only able to breastfeed for a short period of time? It happens, and it happens to the best of us. It is a great accomplishment to provide your baby with even a little bit of breast milk even for a few weeks or days. Think of breast milk like a vitamin supplement, small amounts can give a boost of nutrition. Even if your baby only gets an ounce or a few drops a day it can still be beneficial to their health.
This episode of Fresh Focus shares several different stories and struggles of our Registered Dietitians. It also discusses benefits of breastfeeding, history of formula, seeking help from a lactation counselor, and provides encouragement no matter what path you choose to feed your baby.
The key point to remember is everyone’s journey is different. Sometimes what we anticipate, plan for, or expect is not possible or turns into a different path entirely. Whichever route you choose or need, whether it is breastmilk, formula, or a combination, your baby will flourish. Seek advice when you need it, but remember, do what is best for you and your family.
Host Bio: Melaina Lane, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator serving veterans enrolled in the Home Based Primary Care program within the Marion VA Healthcare System. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Melaina has worked for the VA the past 9 years. Prior to coming to the VA, Melaina taught nutrition at a local community college, worked in the acute care setting at two nearby hospitals, and has provided menu review for several local senior citizen facilities since graduating. Melaina also published a children’s book following the birth of her first child. She enjoys long distance biking, time spent on the water, and home interior design. Melaina feels very blessed to work with our nations heroes each day and provide the care they deserve for all the contributions made to our country.