Moriah Riggins - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & Certified Lactation Consultant.
As a Certified Lactation Consultant, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Moriah Riggins is available to help new mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.
What is a Certified Lactation Consultant?
International board certified lactation consultants are considered experts in breastfeeding and lactation care.
Mrs. Riggins specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding and partners with other prenatal and postpartum healthcare professionals to:
- Offer prenatal and postnatal assessment, education and counseling
- Help new mothers with proper positioning, latching and feeding to promote comfort
- Teach mothers about milk expression, safe storage guidelines and alternative feeding methods
- Encourage and assist mothers who are returning to work
- Troubleshoot any problems new mothers may be experiencing
- Examine and explain any issues new mothers may have with medication
- Help hospitals and healthcare providers develop and implement protocols for exclusive breastfeeding.
Mrs. Riggins’ training includes clinical practice experience, passing a certification exam, and continued adherence to strict standards of practice and a code of ethics.
Breastfeeding Q&A with Moriah Riggins
Q: Can I breastfeed my baby when I am sick?
A: Yes! You should breastfeed your baby when you are sick unless your doctor has prescribed medications that are not safe to take when lactating. You are giving your baby disease fighting antibodies to help your baby fight off the same illness you have.
Q: Are there medications that I can’t take when breastfeeding?
A: Most over the counter medications are not harmful when taking them as prescribed, but some can affect how much milk you produce. The best way to ensure the medication is not harmful is to ask a trained professional. You should ask your doctor or go toinfantrisk.org.
Q: What foods should be avoided when breastfeeding.
A: No foods should be excluded unless your baby is fussy or has some sort of gastrointestinal symptoms. Consume a wide variety of healthy foods to expose your infant to various different flavors. Moderation is key!
Q: If my nipples are bleeding, can I still nurse?
A: Yes, unless you have a communicable disease such as HIV. The concern is the baby’s latch. Seek professional advice.
Q: What is a safe length of time after alcohol ingestion to resume breastfeeding?
A: Alcohol transfers into breast milk the same as blood level of alcohol. If you are feeling effects of the alcoholic beverage then it could also affect your baby. Average time to refrain from nursing is 2-3 hours after moderate alcohol consumption. If you still feel effects of alcohol after 2-3 hours then your baby could feel the effects as well.
Q: My milk isn’t in yet, does my baby need formula?
A: No. Unless your doctor has concerns about your infant’s health or weight loss you are providing adequate nutrition for your child. Colostrum (AKA golden milk) is all your baby needs until your milk “comes in.” The average amount of time is 3-5 days.
Q: My breast are not full, does this mean I do not have enough milk?
A: No. Breast fullness and tightness suggest engorgement, which can be another problem. Every woman has different storage capacities of milk and as long as your baby has normal output and seems satisfied after feeds then you are providing enough nutrition for your baby.
Q: How do I produce enough milk?
A: Ensuring proper latch and frequent feedings helps you produce milk. Feed according to your baby’s early feeding cues and demands.
Q: Should it hurt to breastfeed?
A: Mild discomfort is normal for a few weeks after beginning to breastfeed, but it should disappear 30-40 seconds after your baby latches. If you have pain throughout the feeding, then professional assistance is recommended to help identify and remedy the problem.
Q: My first baby did not breastfeed. Does this mean I cannot breastfeed again?
A: Every breastfeeding experience is unique – just like the individual characteristics of your children. Follow current recommendations for a proper latch and if problems arise seek professional help early.
Q: I have to go back to work early, should I just give formula instead of breastfeeding?
A: No. Every ounce of breast milk counts and is beneficial for your child. Give it a try!
Breastfeeding Provides some quiet time for mother & baby to bond
Skin-to skin contact with her baby can increase a mother's levels of oxytocin, a hormone that can be calming.
Breastfeeding Note from Moriah Riggins
In addition the links below, PineyWoods Pediatrics, P.A. patients have access to lactation consulting from our very own Moriah Riggins, RN, MSN, C-PNP, IBCLC Pediatric Nurse Practitioner & Certified Lactation Consultant.
American Academy of Pediatrics To better serve our families, PineyWoods Pediatrics, P.A. subcribes to the American Academy of Pediatrics' dynamic information database of healthcare advice for parents, teens and children. Enter a search term in the box below or click hereto browse a broad category index.
www.InfantRisk.org The InfantRisk Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
www.BestForBabes.org The mission of Best for Babes is to change the cultural perception of breastfeeding and to break down barriers that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals.
www.BreastmilkCounts.com Breastmilk Counts seeks to help new and expectant mothers with all their baby nursing concerns.
A note from Moriah Riggins, PineyWoods Pediatrics, P.A., RN, MSN, C-PNP, IBCLC:
Breastfeeding provides vital nutrition for infants and can promote a joyful and healthy bonding experience for mother and child.
Breastfeeding is proven to provide many health benefits for babies.
Breast milk is associated with a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); asthma; gastrointestinal infections; lower respiratory tract diseases; Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and leukemia. Studies show that the bonding process and the nutritional value of breast milk both contribute to brain development. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported infants who were breastfed tested 5.2 points higher on an IQ test than infants who were fed formula. The benefits of being breastfed extend into adulthood. Adolescents and adults who were breastfeed as infants show fewer instances of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and continue to perform higher on intelligence tests.
Mothers have healthy benefits linked to breastfeeding, too. Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer and lower postpartum depression in mothers.
Breastfeeding can make life easier for new mothers. Mothers who are financially stretched don’t need to buy formula and feeding supplies. Tired mothers can save tons of time by not measuring and mixing formula, sterilizing bottles and nipples, and warming bottles in the middle of the night.
Breastfeeding also builds community among new and growing families. Nacogdoches has an active La Leche League chapter that meets twice a month. A local mothers’ milk bank station accepts human milk donation for babies in need.
Breastfeeding can be challenging. If you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I am certified to help mothers succeed because the benefits of reaching your breastfeeding goals will far outweigh the effort it requires.