New mothers are placed under enormous pressure to breastfeed due to the multiple benefits that a mother’s milk has for her baby. However, what these mothers don’t know is that nearly 5% of women are physically unable to breastfeed and that by 1 month of age, only 55% of babies were receiving adequate nutrition from breastfeeding.
There are many reasons why breastfeeding is such a struggle for so many mothers the most common of which is low milk supply. Low milk supply is in turn the result of a variety of other issues such as IGT (Insufficient Glandular Tissue), breast hypoplasia, and tuberous breasts.
Unfortunately, there is currently no singular test available to diagnose these conditions and it is often only when a mother is unable to breastfeed adequately that a diagnosis can be made.
The inability to breastfeed leaves many mothers feeling inadequate and guilty that they cannot provide the best nutritional start to life for their children. To exacerbate this problem even further, many doctors, nurses, and even traditional breastfeeding consultants simply brush off complaints from new mothers. The reasoning behind this is that it is the stress and anxiety of having a new baby to care for combined with other factors such as post-natal depression that results in low milk supply.
While these factors can play a role, the physical challenges of breastfeeding should not be ignored to the detriment of the mother’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Every factor that could contribute to difficulty breastfeeding must be taken into account by a lactation consultant at New York in order to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.
It is important to be aware that difficulty breastfeeding doesn’t mean that it is impossible. Supplementing with formula feeds to ensure that the nutritional requirements of the baby are met is just one way to allow mom to keep breastfeeding without the worry. A variety of devices and techniques have also been developed to help baby latch-on better and to encourage milk production.
Natural supplements as well as medications are also available to increase milk production. New research is constantly being conducted into how to eliminate the challenges that face many mothers who want to breastfeed.
Seeking advice from an expert lactation consultant at New York is highly recommended for mom’s who are struggling to breastfeed. Whether the reasons are physical or psychological, a lactation specialist understands the causes as well as the effects that difficulty breastfeeding can have for both mother and child.