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This week on MD for Moms, I interview Pediatrician and Lactation Consultant Dr. Amber Price of Willow Pediatrics and Lactation about breastfeeding and maternal mental health in the so-called fourth trimester. Having a newborn is tough for everyone, but it can feel impossibly hard if breastfeeding doesn’t come easily and if you’re feeling anxious or sad. Dr. Price explains ways to address common pitfalls along the breastfeeding journey, and things that can make the entire process more enjoyable. The initial four weeks after delivery are a pivotal time for mom and baby, and this fourth trimester is also a time where many women feel overwhelmed. We review ways to minimize stress, maximize the joy in new motherhood and what to do if it feels like breastfeeding may be contributing to feelings of sadness or anxiety. We discuss additional topics such as donor milk, supplements for milk production and dietary changes for reflux and more. Dr. Price provides a wealth of information using an integrative approach that is practical, thoughtful and caring and will absolutely prove beneficial to many new moms and moms-to-be with questions about breastfeeding.
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Dr. Price is a board-eligible pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist. She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology from Indiana University and later obtained a Master of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. While in residency she also received pediatric integrative medicine training through The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and was a medical education scholar. Additionally, Dr. Price is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with an expertise in breastfeeding medicine.
Dr. Price is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as well as the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM). She has been involved in numerous breastfeeding projects at both the local and national level. Presently, she is a committee member for the CDC funded development of the AAP Action Plan for physician training around breastfeeding and safe implementation of evidence-based breastfeeding practices in maternity care facilities. She also has a clinical instructor appointment through the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches medical students and residents.
Dr. Price is a native of Indianapolis, but considers herself a Chicagoan after calling Chicago her home for the past 18 years. She has an incredibly supportive husband who has been her life partner for over 20 years. Together they have two beautiful daughters, both of whom have directly inspired her career path.