Birth Trauma and the Impact on Breast-Feeding
As a doula I meet a lot of women who have experienced a traumatic birth, so it does not surprise me that up to 34% of new mothers claim to have experienced a traumatic birth experience. For those of us in this forum, this should serve as an important reminder that we are far from alone.
Birth is one of the most important moments of a woman's life. These traumatic experiences stick with mother and possibly child for a lifetime. The effect on breastfeeding can be positive or detrimental, depending on how the mother handles the situation. This study addresses the two paths which a traumatic birth can lead a woman down in terms of successful breastfeeding. It is a good read, definitely worth a few minutes of you time.
For those of you who have experienced a traumatic birth, how did breastfeeding turn out? Was it a success or did you have trouble? What role do you feel your traumatic birth experienced played in your breastfeeding experience?
72hr in labour with low milk supply problems.
I have a 7week old boy and I have been struggling to breastfeed since he was one week old. At first we were doing well and he was close to his birthweight on day 5 but in the next weighing one week later he had lost 30g and I have had to supplement him with formula.
I have tried to BF often and for a long time but lack of stimulation seem not likely to be the cause. I started to take fenugreek which worked only while taking it and then production dropped again.
I am trying to not feel upset about not being able to feed my baby but it is not easy.
Is there something I can do to solve this or will I have to wait and pray for the BM to kick in magically by it self?