A Q&A with Lactation Consultant Connie Lovell

Breastfeeding is an important part of motherhood during the early stages of your baby’s life but can be difficult in the beginning. There can be struggles even experienced moms face. Hillcrest South has a team dedicated to helping moms have the best breastfeeding experience possible.

Lactation Consultant Connie Lovell, RN, IBCLC), has worked with moms who have different questions and different needs. Read this Q&A to learn informative tips.

What kind of nutrients do babies get from breast milk?
• Specific antibodies that change as needed to meet baby’s needs
• Hormones that promote bonding and regulate appetite
• Stem cells that support organ development and repairs
• White blood cells that fight infection
• Beneficial bacteria that protects baby’s digestive system
• Prebiotics that support gut health
• Long chain fatty acids that help with eye, brain and nervous system development
• Enzymes that support digestive and immune systems
• Nucleotides and hormones that help develop healthy wake–sleep patterns

How is breast milk different from what babies get from formula?
While formula provides enough calories and nutrients to provide for essential needs of the baby, it cannot provide any of the above except DHA, which provides healthy neuro system fatty acids.

What is a benefit of breastfeeding for moms?
Weight loss is one of the greatest things moms discuss. In addition, many enjoy the deep bond they feel between themselves and baby when breastfeeding.

What is one of the biggest issues moms have with breastfeeding? And how do you help with that?
Latch issues and sore nipples are the primary struggles for new moms. To avoid those issues, I help moms achieve a deep, effective and comfortable latch before going home. The staff at Hillcrest South are also very good at helping moms with a good latch. We also have some remedies to manage soreness.

What kind of bond is created when a mom breastfeeds her baby?
A hormone called oxytocin creates a deep, relaxing bond between mother and baby. By holding and feeding and responding to the baby, the baby is comforted and relaxed. Breastfeeding helps establish a trusting relationship.

Do you have any advice for those moms who might be nervous about breastfeeding/pumping at work or in public?
Practice at home ahead of time. Wear comfortable clothing, shirts or blouses that unbutton from the bottom and will drape over baby. I also tell them they have the right to breastfeed their baby anywhere!

What is something you wish all moms knew about breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is a learned skill that takes time to perfect. Patience with yourself and your baby as you practice and learn together will help you navigate those breastfeeding “bumps in the road.”


Ask for help early if you have challenges. Taking a breastfeeding class - being prepared, understanding the process and having realistic expectations can really help as you learn to breastfeed.  To reach our lactation line with any questions, call 918-294-4239.