Breastfeeding was the one thing about parenting that I was really worried about. As a chiropractor I knew I wanted to do everything as natural as possible, and breastfeeding was part of that, but I also knew I had no idea what to expect as a first time mum. I felt like I had prepared for pregnancy and birth, but I was unsure what to expect, how to feel and the logistics of breastfeeding. I also knew it would be a two person show; I needed my baby to be able to do his part in order for our nursing relationship to work. We ended up harmonizing very well and we had no trouble nursing right from the beginning. I’ve breastfed my son since since birth and we are still going strong at 18 months. But I know this is not every woman’s journey and I want to help others as much as I can. I have given breastfeeding support and advice to many patients and friends. I know that sometimes the birth process can be very challenging and adjusting the baby can help with proper alignment of the jaw and aid in the turning of the head, sucking and the ability to latch. Sometimes mamas just need extra support and love. I am training as a breastfeeding peer supporter and hoping to offer drop in breastfeeding peer support sessions very soon.
We always encourage getting professional support if you are having trouble breastfeeding. There are some great resources locally:
Ros McFadden from The Breastfeeding Hub MK