Donna Bruschi, IBCLC
Sometimes when you are breastfeeding your baby, you need a little help.
You wonder if you're making enough milk. You may be pumping and/or topping up with formula.
You may have questions about your latch, or using nipple shields.
You may be cringing when you're nursing your baby -- Your nipples and/or breasts are sore and your toes are literally curling.
Your baby may be fussing, crying and/or falling asleep while feeding.
Or, you may have questions about tongue tie, plugged ducts, low pumping output, or poop color, consistency and quantity.
You definitely feel overwhelmed. Breastfeeding your baby is the hardest thing you've ever done.
You have been trying on your own, and it's not working.
You have searched online, and asked your doctors, friends and family for information, advice and support.
You may have gotten help from other lactation consultants, and/or connected with a support group.
You've been trying to resolve it on your own, with all the information you can gather. And now, you have conflicting answers on what you should do, and that is making it worse.
You are not alone in your overwhelm.
In our culture, breastfeeding is not commonplace. Learning how to nurse has been reduced to "getting the latch right," "watching the clock," and "producing enough milk"
Actually, breastfeeding is an intimate relationship between you and your baby, even when you aren't feeding at the breast.
Nursing is intuitive and natural, and it can be hard to figure out. Overwhelming emotions like desire, joy, sadness, and frustration get all mixed up with positioning, timing, history, and hormones.
It can be messy and difficult, especially in the first few weeks.
When feeding your baby hurts;
When you are unsure, anxious or frustrated;
When your baby is unhappy, or not thriving;
There are things between you and your baby that can be looked at, figured out, and adjusted.