Breastfeeding has endless benefits for you and your baby. It gives your newborn an important start to lifelong health and creates a special bond between you.
For many new moms, adjusting to breastfeeding can take time and present challenges. Don’t worry! We’re here to help you and your baby find your natural flow.
Certified Lactation Support & Breastfeeding Advice
We’re proud to have Dr. Rebecca Hicks leading our Lactation Support Team. As one of the only pediatricians certified as a lactation consultant in Central Oregon, Dr. Hicks is passionate about helping babies thrive and new moms breastfeed successfully. Trained at Stanford University, she has over 5,000 hours of hands on lactation consulting experience and has been a general pediatrician and newborn hospitalist since
Rebecca Hicks, MD, IBCLC
“As a new mom, the first few days of your breastfeeding journey can be challenging. It brings me joy to help you create a nurturing, positive breastfeeding and bonding experience with your baby.”
When should I get breastfeeding help?
Please call us or schedule a visit to talk about any questions or concerns you have about breastfeeding. New motherhood can feel lonely and overwhelming at times, and we’re here to reassure and support you and your baby.
Schedule a visit with our lactation consultant if you’re struggling with:
- Getting your baby to latch or suck
- A delayed or overabundant milk supply
- Sore nipples
- Recurrent breast infections (mastitis) OR
- If your baby is losing excessive weight (more than 10% of birthweight)
What to expect at your first lactation visit
At your 60 minute consultation, Dr. Hicks will get to know you and your baby as well as answer your specific concerns and questions about breastfeeding.
Because all moms and babies are unique, Dr. Hicks collaborates with you to find solutions that match your needs. These may include:
- Showing you how to position your baby on the breast for proper latching
- Providing tips for increasing your milk supply
- Offering advice for avoiding or managing breast infections
- Creating special feeding strategies for premature babies, multiples, or infants who have special medical conditions
- Helping you plan for returning to work (pumping, maintaining breast milk supply, supplementing and storing breast milk)
What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
Without question, breastfeeding is good for your baby and for you! Here are some of the primary benefits for you both:
For your baby:
- Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest and contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria
- Lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies
- Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and gastrointestinal issues
- Offers all the calories, nutrients and fluids your baby needs to grow and develop
- May help to protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, eczema, colitis, and some cancers
For new moms:
- Returns your uterus to the size it was before pregnancy more quickly
- Helps you burn more calories, which may help you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy
- Delays the return of your menstrual period which keeps iron in your body
- Provides natural contraception within the first 6 months after birth, if:
- You are exclusively breastfeeding
- Your period has not returned
- Reduces the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer
- Keeps your bones strong