Nothing in this world can compare to the first time you hold your baby in your arms. Months of kicks and hiccups, anticipation growing every day on what she would look like, and finally, 4 days of labor finally brought E into the world. When she was born, little did we know, that she had two little imperfections that were going to majorly impact her life from day one. We found out, after many visits to doctors, lactation specialists, and breastfeeding counselors, and finally a dentist, that E was born with a posterior tongue tie and lip tie (PTT/LT). This means her tongue was too tightly connected to the bottom of her mouth and her lip was too tightly connected to her gum on the top. Neither of these were detected until E was almost 3 months old, yet it affected her life every day. (more…)
A good latch is a great sign for both mom and baby in the early days of breastfeeding. But getting that latch doesn’t always come easy. Does breastfeeding really need to hurt those first few weeks? How does the shape of a mother’s nipples impact her baby’s ability to latch quickly? And what are some helpful breastfeeding positions to maximize latch potential?
BONUS CONTENT: What should you do if your baby has a persistent shallow latch? (more…)
I’m tired. I’m so tired. No, not just sleepy. Not “I stayed up too late last night and need a nap.” This tired only comes from being on duty for the past 18 months and always being willing to stop what I want to be doing and breastfeeding my little one. From day one to this afternoon, my body has been at the beck and call of my little one through rooting, crying, and asking politely for “milmil” I have been here to answer the call of duty. I love the nighttime snuggles and that I have yet to **knock on wood** have any breast issues and I really think breastfeeding on demand has helped create an awesome bond between me and my pumpkin doodle. (more…)
Breastfeeding is always something I knew I would do, there was no question about it. After a very difficult labor and delivery, I felt so blessed to be able to breastfeed. It felt like the one thing I had left. Though, like many other breastfeeding mothers, my journey has not been without struggle.
After a few weeks, and slow weight gain for my son, he was diagnosed with a very small tongue tie by my lactation consultant which had resulted in low milk supply for me. My son was not very efficient at the breast and easily lost energy. After a lot of hard work with exercises and help during nursing, he slowly regained strength and was able to nurse much more efficiently. But, my supply was left damaged. (more…)
A baby’s latch may look perfect from the outside, but it’s what’s happening on the inside that’s causing the breastfeeding challenge. How can a baby’s oral anatomy impact their ability to breastfeed? What are some of the most common issues babies face? And how have our panelists overcome their personal struggles? (more…)