For more than 20 years Dr. Kathy Soria Boyls has been a practicing board certified pediatrician.
Her interest in breastfeeding began as a result of the struggles she had when learning to breastfeed her own daughter. When Kathy went into labor early, she quickly learned that her professional training wasn't enough.
NURSE YOUR BABY OFTEN
NURSE YOUR BABY EVERY TWO TO THREE HOURS, PREFERABLY STARTING DURING THE FIRST HOUR AFTER BIRTH AND CONTINUING ON THIS SCHEDULE UNTIL HE/SHE REGAINS BIRTH WEIGHT.
STORE EXTRA MILK
AFTER FEEDING THE BABY UNTIL HE/SHE IS FULL AND SATISFIED, PUMP ANY EXCESS MILK LEFT IN THE BREAST -- AT LEAST FOUR TIMES PER DAY. STORE THIS MILK IN THE REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER.
IN THE 21ST CENTURY, HAVEN'T WE ADVANCED TO THE POINT OF CREATING AN ARTIFICIAL MEANS OF FEEDING OUR BABIES THAT'S JUST AS GOOD? WE ARE CERTAINLY LOOKING FOR CONVENIENCE IN TODAY'S SOCIETY AS EVIDENCED BY THE NUMBER OF DRIVE-THROUGH AND SAME-DAY SERVICES AVAILABLE TO US NOW.
“As I learned from experience, and later study, I found that my medical education and residency had taught me nothing about breastfeeding. As pediatricians, we would always recite the mantra "Breast is best," but never really knew how to help mothers achieve good results nursing their babies. The standard physician answer for the mother having difficulty breastfeeding seemed to be: "Just supplement with formula." This answer usually leads to a loss of mother's milk supply and, subsequently, an exclusively formula fed baby.
With the birth of my first child, I was determined to give her the best. My resolve to learn to breastfeed Stephanie amazed the lactation nurses, as well as myself. As a result, I learned what was necessary to overcome my obstacles and began to study the art of breastfeeding so that I could help other mothers like myself. I felt it was my responsibility as a pediatrician to give mothers clear direction and sound advice. If it is true that "Breast is best" then our children deserve no less.
ABOUT DR. BOYLS
My interest in breastfeeding began as a result of the struggles I had when learning to breastfeed my daughter Stephanie. Since I went into labor at 32 weeks, was hospitalized, and subsequently placed on bed rest, I was unable to attend a breastfeeding class. Relying solely on my knowledge as a practicing pediatrician for the previous four years, I thought I was ready for this new experience. Little did I know that I was ill prepared to breastfeed my daughter, much less instruct others in the skills of lactation.
Dr. Kathleen A. Boyls, ( MD )
Harvard Family Physicians
7912 E. 31st Ct., STE 120
Tulsa, OK 74145
+1 918 743 8200