The one thing that really helped…

The one thing that really helped during the early weeks and months of breastfeeding, by Kate Calacouras.

After my second child Edie was born, I had an amazing lactation consultant come to our house. I wish I had done it with Sam – we probably would have avoided so many problems.

Edie was about six days old at the time, and I was in agony.  Mastitis + nipple thrush. A terrible combination.

Every time she fed I was in so much pain that I had to bite down on something to avoid screaming too loudly and scaring her. I had tears streaming down my face from the pain. The lactation consultant helped me get on top of it all – along with doctors who prescribed the right medication.

She was on the phone whenever I needed. And she had practical tips like “use the back of a vibrating toothbrush to massage out lumps in your boobs”. Amazing.

So my one bit of advice if you are struggling, is to get recommendations from friends and find an expert you like. Try and block out the other noise, and give the advice you get a red hot go. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s okay. Try something else. But there are so many opinions out there that trying too much at once won’t work.

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