Judgment-Free Breastfeeding

Birth Interventions: The Impact on Breastfeeding


Cesarean, induction and epidural rates are at an all time high. How can birth interventions, such as these, impact your ability to breastfeed your baby? Which type of birth interventions have the greatest risk for negatively impacting breastfeeding? And what can you do, after your birth to minimize these challenges?

Our Expert

Fleur Bickford, RN, IBCLC

Fleur Bickford is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University. Her nursing background is in maternal and newborn care and she currently works in private practice in Ottawa, Ontario. Fleur is very active in the lactation community as president of Ottawa Valley Lactation Consultants and a professional speaker whose talks and articles have been shared internationally. During her time as a Leader for La Leche League Canada, Fleur served as a member of both the Professional Liaison Department and the Social Media Advisory Committee. Fleur is passionate about supporting breastfeeding families and helping mothers to reach their personal goals. When she is not working on her website and blog at nurturedchild.ca, she can often be found connecting with moms and professionals worldwide through Twitter and Facebook.


Robin Kaplan (host)
Children: Ben (2005), Ryan (2006)

Marites Hoyla
Children: Ethan (2000), Aiden (2012)

Shanna LeCount
Children: Payton (2006), Charlotte (2011))

Additional Resources

Nurtured Child | Fleur’s Website

La Leche League | Epidurals and Breastfeeding

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