I have been a Breastfeeding counsellor since 2003 and since then I have supported hundreds of women on their breastfeeding journey.
Discussions about breastfeeding can provoke strong reactions from many people. While it is accepted that breastfeeding is the natural way to feed a baby, it doesn’t always come naturally to new mothers.
Breastfeeding is a skill; a skill that has to be learnt by both mother and baby. It is a skill that can take time, effort and patience to learn. Learning this skill can be hampered by unsolicited advice and often unhelpful or inaccurate information.
All babies are born with the natural instinct and desire to feed. Babies who are placed in a skin-to-skin position with their mother immediately after birth can find their way to the breast and latch on by themselves, following this instinct.
Biological Nurturing or baby-led breastfeeding is about helping baby to follow this instinct, mother and baby working together, allowing baby to find a place where he is comfortable and where he can latch onto the breast.
If breastfeeding isn’t going well it is best to get help as early as possible.
As a breastfeeding counsellor I can support you with feeding whatever your feeding choice.