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?