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Three Factors That May Complicate Your Breastfeeding Experience
 Written by Advanced Breastfeeding Support of Las Vegas
 Many expectant families today opt to breastfeed their babies, recognizing the numerous health benefits it offers both mom and baby. However, various factors can complicate the breastfeeding experience, causing new parents to have concerns about its difficulty, milk supply, and discomfort. Understanding these potential complications can help parents navigate their breastfeeding journey more effectively.
1. Impact of Birthing Practices
Birthing practices are critical in determining how smoothly the feeding journey progresses. Research has shown that interventions during labor can interfere with the natural process of birth, potentially leading to complications. Interventions such as IV fluids, Pitocin, and epidurals can delay the onset of milk production, increase the risk of unnecessary formula supplementation, and cause abnormal contractions that affect the baby's feeding ability. Parents need to be aware of the potential implications of these interventions on breastfeeding.
2. Postpartum Support and Education
The amount of information available about breastfeeding can be overwhelming. However, it is crucial to seek advice from reliable sources with proper education and a comprehensive understanding of your medical history and your baby's health. Relying on inadequate or misleading support can hinder rather than assist your breastfeeding journey. Accessing accurate guidance is key to a successful breastfeeding experience.
3. Genetic and Health Co-Morbidities
Certain health factors related to the mother or the baby can pose challenges during breastfeeding. Insufficient glandular tissue, tongue and lip ties, torticollis, and thyroid or other metabolic issues can affect the baby's ability to transfer or take in milk effectively. A lactation consultant needs to conduct a thorough assessment of the mother and baby's health history to identify and address any potential barriers to successful breastfeeding.
While there may be obstacles to overcome when breastfeeding, it is important to remember that it is not an impossible feat. Seeking support from a skilled lactation consultant who takes the time to understand your goals and individual circumstances is crucial. With the right level of determination and access to proper care, most parents can achieve their breastfeeding goals.

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