Did you know the birth you have matters when it comes to breastfeeding? There are certain interventions that can affect breastfeeding and your milk supply. Some common interventions that can affect your ability to breastfeed are IV fluids, epidural, Pitocin, and cesarean births.
Sometimes birth interventions are necessary, and if that's the case that doesn't mean you can't breastfeed, it just means we may need to alter the way you approach those first feedings, and early postpartum period so you can have the best breastfeeding experience despite your birthing circumstances.
Knowing is half the battle. As a lactation expert, one of the fist things I would say to you during a virtual breastfeeding support session is... "tell me about your birth". I can get clues about what's going on based on your birth experience, and then use that knowledge to make a plan of action that will work for you, your baby, and your circumstances.
In this post we cover different birthing scenarios, and how you can still have Your Best Start to Breastfeeding, no matter your birthing outcomes.
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It's been on my heart for a long time to talk on the blog about the birth and breastfeeding connection. So I am especially excited to bring this post to you today and cover this topic. I had the pleasure of inviting Bridgette Mietling to speak with my about this subject. Bridgette is a child birth instructor and lactation counselor who supports families professionally through the birthing and breastfeeding process, and which makes her the perfect expert for our topic today.
Bridgette generously agreed to join me on the Successful Breastfeeding Podcast and shared her wisdom and experience with us on our latest podcast episode. We talk about birth, different birth outcomes, and what you can do to have your best start despite birth outcomes.
Questions we answer in the episode:
Why does the birth you have matter for breastfeeding?
What are some of the interventions a mother may face in birth, and how do they affect breastfeeding?
How can we have our best start to breastfeeding after a typical delivery?
How can we set ourselves up for success in the following scenarios:
Plus Bridgette shares her ultimate breastfeeding advice she wants every new mom to hear. Take a listen to the episode right now by pushing play below! You really don't want to miss this episode.
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Tell us about your birth plans, or how your birth may have affected your breastfeeding experience in the comments below!
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