Breastfeeding seems like such a natural process, but it’s challenging for a lot of new moms. Eugene Pediatric Associates is one of only two pediatric clinics in the Eugene-Springfield community that has a lactation consultant on staff, to offer parents support and information on how to successfully feed their babies.

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy

When Stephanie Landry became a mom, she wanted more than anything to breastfeed her baby, to bond with her son and provide him the best nutrition for his development.

“I’m a planner, so I wanted breastfeeding to go as planned. It did not go as planned,” Stephanie says.

Even though hospital staff and other medical professionals told her that she was doing everything right, Stephanie struggled unsuccessfully to nurse her baby and says it was a heartbreaking experience. She later discovered that her son suffered from GERD.

When Stephanie became pregnant with her second son, Sebastian, she was determined to have a better experience, so she turned to Bonnie Root at Eugene Pediatric Associates in Eugene for help and support. Bonnie is a registered nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant who specializes in helping parents address newborn feeding issues.

“One of the first things I ask a family is, ‘What is your goal for feeding your baby?’ Because that’s different for each family,” Bonnie says. “I tailor each session specifically to that family’s needs and wants. Then we come up with a feeding plan together, and we involve their pediatrician, so that we’re all on the same page and can work together.”

Dr. Pilar Bradshaw says having Bonnie’s expertise in the clinic adds to the patient care experience. “We all want to support breastfeeding, and there’s nothing better than being able to go to your doctor’s office, see your pediatrician, ask a bunch of medical questions about your baby, and then have Bonnie answer all your questions related to breastfeeding.”

Information is empowering

Bonnie provides one-on-one support to new parents, answering their questions and concerns, including, “Is my baby getting enough to eat?” She also addresses issues that often hinder breastfeeding, like weak latching, low milk supply, and soreness and pain, which helps new parents, like Stephanie, feel empowered and confident in feeding their baby.

“As parents, we just assume we should know how to do this, or we read books that tell us how it’s supposed to go,” Stephanie says. “Lactation consultants, like Bonnie, are the ones who have all the experience; they know so much more than those books, and they’re real. Bonnie made all the difference for me and my son.”

Bonnie recommends that all parents meet with a lactation specialist, even if you’re not breastfeeding. “We’re specialized in all infant feeding methods, and we want all families to feel supported, cared for and confident in what they’re doing, no matter how they choose to feed their baby.”

Bonnie’s services are available to all parents at Eugene Pediatric Associates. To learn more, click here, or make an appointment with Bonnie by calling 541-HUG-KIDS.