In the past, we lived in small villages raising our children as a collective so breastfeeding was a common public activity seen on a daily basis. In today’s society, many people often live far from their families, are having babies when they are older, or were born during a generation where breastfeeding was not widely practiced. For these reasons, breastfeeding typically occurs in the home and concealed from others. Due to the lack of exposure and knowledge, breastfeeding is still viewed as something that happens naturally for women. Unfortunately, for many women this is not the case and it may take practice as well as teaching from others to succeed. This is where an IBCLC can come to your aid because our knowledge and experience allows us to be equipped with helpful hints and tips to promote happy and healthy breastfeeding relationships.
As a lactation consultant I hear a range of reasons why women stop breastfeeding that include but aren’t limited to a low milk supply, breast pain, nipple pain, pressure from family members, going back to work, teething, and lack of support (listed below are some of the more common reasons for why moms stop breastfeeding). In addition, many women will simply struggle to continue breastfeeding but in the end stop because they simply find it to be too hard.
If you are experiencing any trouble with breastfeeding, please contact an IBCLC in your area so a full assessment may be taken. Often, a few simple changes can create a healthy breastfeeding experience!
Reasons to call in an IBCLC:
- Breast or nipple pain
Low milk supply
Changes in medication
Going back to work
I would love to hear from you, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!