Consider this excerpt from The American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report: “Many mothers are inappropriately advised to discontinue breastfeeding or avoid taking essential medications because of fears of adverse effects on their infants. This cautious approach may be unnecessary in many cases, because only a small proportion of medications are contraindicated in breastfeeding mothers or associated with adverse effects on their infants.”11
Families belong together, in part because the biological norm of breastfeeding does not stop at a nation’s border. Breastfeeding USA condemns the separation of children from their families, and especially separation of nursing children from their parents. Human babies are extremely vulnerable for a long period of time. Their normal neurobiological development requires prolonged access to the mother.
Nearly 14 years ago, with my first born son, I was one of the 81% of mothers to initiate breastfeeding, but I was one who did not meet my personal goals. I watched friends nurse their children—in what seemed to be an effortless fashion—and I felt defeated. Years later, when my second child was due I was determined to make breastfeeding work for us. I didn’t want to go through what I had with my first, so I armed myself and my spouse with all of the breastfeeding knowledge I could garner. And we did it!
IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) aren't people we typically see when breastfeeding is going well. If we are working with one, we usually are tired, stressed, worried, overwhelmed, maybe in pain, or even wondering if our child is getting enough to eat. In this situation, it often feels like the most we can do is to contact one and hope they can help.
What are some reasons to check in with an IBCLC? It is often having a “gut feeling” that something isn’t right with breastfeeding. Additional reasons to see an IBCLC include :
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