What is a Newborn Specialist?

The position of newborn specialist is a role unique to the practice of East Cobb Pediatrics. Because all new parents have many concerns and questions, East Cobb Pediatrics employs a specialist who has the knowledge and time necessary to address these issues. Our newborn specialist is a nurse practitioner who is also a board certified lactation consultant. Our newborn specialist has been a certified lactation consultant for more than 30 years and has over 35 years of nursing experience.  Barbara Cossman is primarily at our Marietta (Johnson Ferry) location.

The newborn specialist sees babies (breast or bottle-fed) in the office within one week after discharge from the hospital. They will spend an hour with the family and newborn baby. At that time, we check the baby’s weight, do a complete physical examination, and observe a feeding. We also offer advice relating to lactation, bottle-feeding, safety, sleeping, bathing, cord care, circumcision care, sibling jealousy and returning to work with a newborn. We offer anticipatory guidance and will address any concerns parents have regarding their newborn baby.

Our specialties are slow growing infants, fussy babies, and mothers having breastfeeding difficulties. These families may come back for follow-up as often as needed. We usually follow these babies until they are one month old. Our practice offers this unique service in hopes of making the transition through the first months as new parents easier and less stressful at a very demanding time.

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Office Hours

Marietta Office:

Mon-Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday's 8:00am - 4:00pm


Due to COVID-19, we are currently closed on Saturdays.

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Kennesaw Office:

Mon-Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Fridays 8:00am - 4:00pm

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