Infants born prematurely or late preterm are at risk for feeding difficulties and may take more time to become proficient at breast. Infants born with neurological deficits are more likely to be diagnosed by the pediatrician at birth, but not always, and can influence breastfeeding or feeding in general.
Other common reasons for breastfeeding incompetency and struggle are structural issues impacting function that are not always easily identified without vast experience and a keen eye. Anatomical issues such as tongue tie are now being recognized earlier enabling providers to establish care plans that protect mothers milk production establishing, as well as supporting the overall health of the mother/baby dyad while working to resolve related issues. Interestingly, American Pediatricians don’t receive education in these areas and therefore are very likely to disregard the possibility of ties. Breastfeeding education is also not provided for or required of Pediatricians. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that families are struggling.
American Breastfeeding Foundation is dedicated to providing access to education and lactation care to ALL vulnerable breastfeeding families. If you are struggling with breastfeeding or have questions, American Breast Feeding Foundation is here to help.
René Moore is a registered IBCLC in private practice in Phoenix Arizona. Her interest and passion for breastfeeding began in 1996 upon becoming a mother. In 2000 she became a La Leche League Leader and still leads local meetings for groups she started in her area, then also became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to be able to help more mothers, babies and families. She’s been performing in-home lactation consultation visits for well over a decade and regularly attends procedures when requested by parents and welcomed by providers.
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