This week on MD for Moms, I’ll be interviewing opens in a new windowpediatrician Dr. Natasha Sriraman about breastfeeding. Many hope to nurse their babies, and some find it harder than expected – what can a new mom do to improve the chances of breastfeeding success? What are the legitimate benefits to breastfeeding and when should a new mother supplement with or change to formula and how will this impact an infant? We will explore how mom can effectively seek treatment for a postpartum mood disorder while continuing to breastfeed and why treatment is important not just for mom but also for her baby. We will delve into other issues like physician burnout, including signs of burnout and how to help someone who is struggling, plus much more.
Learn more about my guest, Dr. Natasha Sriraman:
Dr. Natasha Sriraman, MD, MPH, FAAP, FAMB, speaks around the country on various topics: breastfeeding, postpartum depression screening in pediatrics, narrative medicine/physician burnout, cultural competency/cultural differences in infant feeding and social determinants of health. She has specialized training in pediatric psychopharmacology.
In addition to seeing patients, she is an associate professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and teaches medical students and residents daily. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh and has designed curriculum for public health training in pediatrics and breastfeeding training. She has also written various clinical protocols.
Dr. Sriraman is frequently involved with legislative advocacy and has worked with the Governor’s office on having May declared as Maternal Mental Health Month in Virginia. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and research. She has also received grants from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and jointly from Williams & Mary College/Eastern Virginia Medical School.
She has served on the board of National AAP-Section of Breastfeeeding, and VA-AAP Chapter, and Postpartum Support Virginia. She is currently on the BOD as Education Chair for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the Virginia-WIC Association and For Kids Homeless Shelter in Norfolk, VA.