Most mothers in the U.S. intend to breastfeed their children exclusively for at least three months, but only a third of them reach their goal. Low breastfeeding outcomes are not due to lack of desire; it is usually because of lack of support.
One question I am asked: Aren't we suppose to know how to nurse our babies instinctively? When we think about it, most of us do not see babies being nursed daily. So how are we supposed to know how to troubleshoot? Just because breastfeeding is natural doesn't mean it's always easy!
Some lucky moms are indeed able to breastfeed their babies easily but a large majority struggle with it at some point in small or big ways. You may have read books about it or even attended a breastfeeding class, but there might be issues that were not addressed:
Your baby might have been born early and needs some time and help "learning" and getting strong enough to suck, swallow and breathe properly.
Janine Blanchard, RCST is a German Osteopath and Craniosacral therapist practicing at Elevate Wellness Center.