Breast. No Bottle.

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IBCLC Trinity – Pump – Shield – Bottle

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Virtually 100% of women who reach out to me for breastfeeding help arrive post hospital IBCLC help. All the women are exhausted from struggling to nurse at the breast while plagued by the introduction of devices into the relationship between a woman and her child. The cursed IBCLC trinity is a breastpump, a nipple shield, and a bottle with expressed milk and/or formula.

IBCLCs tell women to pump within the first two days after giving birth. Breastpumps are introduced while women are still in the hospital for no good reason at all. As a result of struggle to torture milk out of breasts women have less time to be with their newborns. Obviously, nursing at the breast is not going to happen if you spend more time with the pump than getting to know each other and adjust to each other.

Following the mantra “Feed the baby” that fails to convey an important message that nursing at the breast is only part feeding but mostly a complex relationship between two people, IBCLCs introduce some device to feed expressed milk. Often, it is a bottle since it is the easiest to use and most readily available.

While the desperate attempts to establish the relationship of breastfeeding in a feeding culture continue, IBCLCs introduce nipple shields to facilitate latch. Nipple shields add complexity to already disturbed situation with pumping and bottle feeding. Most women hate nipple shields because they are barriers between them and their newborns as well as because they cannot simply nurse but have to keep track of the shield at all times before they can put the baby to the breast.

While struggles to nurse at the breast and handling more devices than babies continue, IBCLCs often suggest that mothers supplement with formula as expressing milk is an almost impossible task when a mother is tired, underslept, discouraged by inability to nurse, and too busy handling pump, milk, bottles, and shields. Introduction of formula always seems very legitimate when the “gold standard” of a “breastfeeding champion” okays it, giving women a feeling that they are those “true” cases when breastfeeding is not possible. I suspect that lactation consultants have become one of the most influential and powerful formula promoters worldwide. Does anybody keep statistics of how often a lactation consultant suggests formula use? I don’t think so.

In the culture that transformed nursing at the breast into feeding milk and sustains a profession by investing in commercial products as well as cheers government payments for devices as breastfeeding support, it is not wonder women hate what is not really breastfeeding but a convoluted juggle of milk and gadgets that hide the pleasure of being with your baby and watching her thrive at the breast.


Written by Medical Nemesis

April 3, 2016 at 09:39

Posted in Other

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To nurse, or not to nurse: that is not a question!

Breast. No Bottle.

To nurse, or not to nurse: that is not a question!

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