Breastfeeding Struggles

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As a physician, I have counselled on the benefits of breastfeeding. I always encouraged breastfeeding as it’s more affordable, helps with bonding, and has health benefits to both the infant and mother.

Over the years I had new moms come to appointments with difficulty breastfeeding. I did a basic screen: checking the infants oral cavity (looking for tongue tie) and checking the mother’s nipples (looking for any structural problems that could be making breastfeeding harder). Once I did the initial screen, I would then send the mom off to a breastfeeding clinic and wipe my hands clean of the issue. I never once realized how upsetting and stressful it can be as a mother to struggle with breastfeeding until I was unable to breastfeed my own daughter.

I tried all of the breastfeeding positions I learned about in medical school — “cross cradle position”, “cradle position” and “football hold” and I couldn’t breastfeed.

It was painful and milk was not coming out. Never as a physician did I ever think about how emotionally and physically draining it can be learning how to breastfeed. In the end I was able to breastfeed after going to a lactation consultant. Stay tuned for a post about my consultation journey!

 

DISCLAIMER: This blog reflects my personal experience as a new mother. The content on this blog is provided solely for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for informed medical advice. Please seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care professional regarding medical conditions or questions.

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