My epic breastfeeding story
Charles, third baby of the family, breastfeeding is going to be easy and AMAZING, right? Oh no! You know when breastfeeding goes bad! Well, I do know! But nothing is impossible!
The medical staff had to use the suction cup for my birth, I was a bit stubborn! In addition, I was separated from mom at the beginning. Although skin-to-skin with dad was reassuring, the hormones were not there and delayed my fist feeding. This is my story, but I think many would recognize themselves. When mom came back to the room, we try a first feed together, but I can not take the breast properly…
Low milk production?
After 2 children, mom already knows that she has delayed milk coming in, for her it usually happens towards the 5th day. Does mom have poor milk supply? No, my weak latch causes a lack of stimulation that affects mom’s milk production. But she knows this and knows that we must persevere.
Help! Who does what?
Nurses and midwives, whether it is at the hospital, at the CLSC (CISSS), at the breastfeeding clinic, at the birthing center or at home visits, they are there to help us! They are often easy to contact and dedicated. They can weigh baby, do a health check-up, and help with baby’s latch. They have good breastfeeding knowledge and can greatly assist and refer to various professionals.
It is also possible to apply for a breastfeeding support mom, who is a mother that breastfed her child and that can offer telephone support.
I’m lucky, my mom is a great chiropractor who has already started biomechanical treatments for my latching. My birth didn’t leave me intact, bruises on my head, muscle tension in my neck and jaw, sucking reflexes and sucking weakness affect my latch, and are treatable with chiropractic care. But there is more…
The lactation consultant, IBCLC, made a house visit to help us. She helped us with breastfeeding positions, finding what works for us! She evaluates me for a restrictive tongue-tie and refers us to the breastfeeding clinic of the Montreal Jewish Hospital. At the clinic, the consultant and medical doctor decide to proceed with the frenotomy, cutting of my tongue-tie. With exercises and continued chiropractic care my intake is improving greatly. But what persists are my discomforts and crying.
The nurse and nutritionist guide me to food intolerances, the most well-known being cow’s milk protein intolerance. After 1 week of restriction diet, I feel already better and after 3 weeks my symptoms of discomfort are completely gone.
What a breastfeeding adventure! But it’s totally worth it and I’m still breastfed thus far, with all the benefits that comes with it! Have you experienced a story similar to ours?
Charles, 14 months