3 Common Problems for Breastfeeding Moms
Speech Language Pathologist Provides Answers
Cook Children’s adamantly supports mothers and the breastfeeding initiative taking the country by storm. There are, of course, those women that have had a difficult time breastfeeding; trying to give baby the best but to no avail. I was one of those moms. It can be frustrating and even depressing. Problems may arise, but with a little bit of early intervention, support, and encouragement from a friendly lactation counselor, a lactation consultant, or even a SLP, a sweet bond can grow along with a healthy, nourished infant!
Whether it’s bottle feeding or breastfeeding, you may have some questions or concerns – things that many other parents have also questioned! If not, or maybe you’re just not sure, speak to your pediatrician about a possible feeding evaluation by a speech-language pathologist (SLP). Build or re-build that bond. There’s lots that can be done to help and it will have lasting effects! Let’s take a look at three of the most common problems moms have and suggestions on what can be done about them.
1. Problem: Baby won’t stay latched during breastfeeding or falls asleep.
The best intervention for saving breastfeeding is the earliest intervention. Getting help from a lactation counselor or consultant before you feel like throwing in the towel will help to alleviate some of the frustration you and baby may be experiencing. Don’t wait - below are some resources you can contact. The WHO’s (World Health Organization) stance is breastfeeding serves a nutritional purpose for children until they’re at least 2 years of age! So keep it up, Mama!
2. Problem: My baby coughs, chokes, and is simply a messy eater.
If a baby is coughing, choking or losing milk from around the bottle when feeding, stop what you’re doing and find a nipple that may flow a little slower. Despite their very new presence in the world, babies are usually very good communicators if we’re really “listening”! They may be telling you that the milk is coming faster than they can swallow it. This might be a really easy fix. However, make sure your feedings are not taking too long and baby is getting enough. If you’re unsure, ask for help.
3. Problem: My baby spits up more than what I feel is normal.
Dr. Smith just wrote a very informative and thorough blog about gastroesophageal reflux and how it impacts feeding. Take a look at what he has to say about it and compare it to what you are seeing in your child. While the majority of cases of reflux resolve on their own around 6 months, as SLPs, we do see infants and children whose eating habits have been severely affected by it. Make sure to make notes about your baby’s behavior and discuss them with your pediatrician!