I won’t repost the whole article here, just a snippet with the hope that you will want to visit the Analytical Armadillo site for the rest of it.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
It was a new mum that first mentioned this to me, and as soon as she did it dawned on me that she was totally right. When supporting mums, lots of focus is on latch – because obviously the better the latch, often the less pain and the more effectively baby can feed; but all too often we meet a mum with a slow gaining baby who is always
wanting to feed, or perhaps a mum with sore/cracked nipples sometimes resulting in a the shape of a lipstick! and then we hear “the midwife/health visitor has checked my latch and said it was fine…”. Really if I had a pound for everytime I heard it, I would be writing this blog from Mauritius
This mum called me because she fell into all three of these categories – her baby was being supplemented with expressed breastmilk because of very slow gain, nipples were sore which the midwife had put down to baby spending long periods at the breast (with her supposed “perfect latch”) and mum instinctively knew something wasn’t right that was being missed. Almost as soon as I had stepped through the door mum posed the question that had been bothering her: ”everyone keeps telling me everything is fine, but I really don’t think she’s actually having much milk, yet when I say she doesn’t seem to swallow lots, they just keep saying latch looks fine - can it appear fine and yet baby still not take much milk?