Although there are reflexes that support it, breastfeeding is a learned behaviour for both mother and baby and is affected by many things, including the birth experience. It has been extensively demonstrated that establishing and maintaining breastfeeding requires active support.
Breastfeeding can be very challenging for lots of reasons and a deeply emotional issue. Many women give up breastfeeding in the Early Days, sooner than they want or expected, because it is not going well. For some this can have a long lasting effect.
The support of partners and others close to the mother has a significant effect on the experience of breastfeeding.
When feeding is not straight forward, seeking early professional help that supports you both emotionally and practically can make all the difference to your experience and whether you continue to breastfeed. Complex feelings may emerge and need to be held.
Craniosacral Therapy can be very helpful to support breastfeeding and integrate the birth process, helping to resolve tensions and compressions that are interfering with the baby’s ease of movement or wellbeing. This can be combined with other support such as positioning.
Timely individual support in the very Early Days may help you continue to breastfeed if that is what you want to do. If you decide to stop breastfeeding it can also be helpful to explore any feelings that this raises at some stage.
It may be helpful to plan and put breastfeeding support in place while you are pregnant, so that we have already established a connection you can draw on in the Early Days.
During this period of Covid-19 home visits are not possible until there is Government information that it is safe. However, video calls continue to be an effective way of working together and, while craniosacral therapy is not available, all the other support features are.
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