Just because breastfeeding is natural, doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Sometimes newborns don’t fully latch on or fail to suckle. It’s worrying when a baby doesn’t take in milk. Hospital lactation consultants aren’t always helpful, and they may shame moms about breastfeeding difficulties or requesting a breast pump. Shaming can put the child at risk, and the mother’s health may also be a factor. Breastfeeding may be a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t work for everyone, and shaming does more harm than good.
- One lactation counselor moved into that field because of the terrible time she had trying to breastfeed.
- While breastfeeding is natural, many mothers find it very difficult to do.
- In the end, breastfeeding is great only if it is working for the mother and child, and if not there are other options.
“She told me it was unacceptable that I was only breastfeeding for five minutes at a time, even though my daughter wouldn’t stay latched any longer than that.”