Test: Can you spot all the mistakes this celeb made trying to BF?

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Test: Can you spot all the mistakes this celeb made trying to BF?
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Thu, 12-30-2010 - 8:24pm

The following comes from an article from the UK soap opera Eastern Ender's star Natalie Cassidy talking about her BF woes. Can you spot the obvious mistakes she made that likely made her quit BF'ing and switch to formula unnecessarily?

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I think it would be ridiculous to read this blurb and assume that she made mistakes and that you would be able to identify them.



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Honestly, I feel some sympathy for Cassidy here. While it is somewhat of a leap to assume that she quit just because of a (perceived) low supply, this is something that is remarkably common. I know of several people both IRL and online who stopped breastfeeding because they 'weren't making enough milk'. One friend of mine assumed she wasn't making enough because her newborn was feeding round the clock and she thought he should only need to be fed every 2-3 hours. In the UK, LCs as you have them in the States don't exist. Most women rely on midwives for breastfeeding advice and they do not always have up to date information. If I had to make a guess, I would say that Cassidy's case is an example of Mum not being prepared for the realities of breastfeeding coupled with a lack of support from knowledgeable professionals. Sadly, it is still all too common.

 


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You are quite likely right. And it is sad that these sorts of things happen because of lack of support and good information. But it is also sad that then these things get written in a way that is likely to continue to make other mothers think the same way, believe the same things, and perhaps never get to learn themselves the truth. The truth of what is a good supply in the first place, and secondly, how to ensure a good supply is maintained.

I do feel sad also when a baby misses out on breastmilk that they possibly could have had if the mother knew more.

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"While it is somewhat of a leap to assume that she quit just because of a (perceived) low supply, this is something that is remarkably common. I know of several people both IRL and online who stopped breastfeeding because they 'weren't making enough milk'. One friend of mine assumed she wasn't making enough because her newborn was feeding round the clock and she thought he should only need to be fed every 2-3 hours. "

Yes, I think a lot of issues could be avoided if we were able to adjust people's expectations. I was speaking to a mom of a newborn recently, who was concerned b/c her baby was wanting to eat so much in the evening. I explained to her about cluster feeding, and also about "growth spurts," and told her that a lot of moms think that they don't have enough milk b/c their baby wants to eat all the time, but in fact that was a normal pattern. So I could help her to readjust her expectations, as well as reassure her that she wasn't alone in her concerns, and she felt so much better about the situation. She went from nearly opening one of those sample bottles of formula to deciding to donate them to her church's food pantry.

 


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stormflowers wrote:

Honestly, I feel some sympathy for Cassidy here.

I feel sympathy too. I don't completely blame

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'In the UK, LCs as you have them in the States don't exist. Most women rely on midwives for breastfeeding advice and they do not always have up to date information.

Actually that's not quit true. There are International Board Certified lactation Consultants (IBCLC) in the UK just as in the U.S.. I went and look up just the IBCLC's in London from the "international IBCLC directory available online at: http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3432'

 


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