Breastfeeding TIPS & TRICKS
I had difficulties breastfeeding my first son, Luke (he will be 4 years old on May 31st). All the struggles that I had taught me a lot about breastfeeding & now I want to use my knowledge to help others. They say all difficult things bring about something good, right? Well helping you is the good that is coming out of all of my struggles.
- IF your child has a tongue tie, get it clipped, don’t hesitate (in my experience). With our first son we clipped his tongue twice (4 weeks old & again at 4 months old) & it helped at first but my milk supply had dropped drastically by the time his tongue was clipped the first time that we continued to struggle with feeding. With our second son Odin, we got his tongue clipped at about 3 weeks old and it truly helped. He was able to latch better and drink more efficiently. My milk was no longer spilling out of his mouth while he was drinking and he was less fussy on the breast. I was told by a doctor that if you don’t clip your child’s tongue tie their growth can slow down around the 3 month mark because your mom supply evens out and your flow slows down, therefore if your baby has a tongue tie it is even harder for them to efficiently feed when your flow is slower than they are used to.
***There is a doctor in Saskatoon who will clip your child’s tongue tie, she gets you in quickly and she is highly experienced. Her name is Dr. Emily Sullivan and she is at the Cornerstone Clinic in Stonebridge.
2. Contact Dr. Jack Newman if you have any questions or issues. Trust me, he will reply within 24 hours. He is a doctor who has specialized in breastfeeding for 34 years. He is passionate about what he does and he is the most knowledgeable. I wish I knew about him when I had my first son, Luke. He helped me lots with my newborn, Odin. He gave me tips on clipping my son’s tongue tie and even told me about the importance of increasing my supply because when your child has a tongue tie they don’t suck milk as effectively and it can lower your supply. Also, there is a lactation consultant here in Saskatoon, who worked with Dr. Jack Newman for years and she saw me for free, I HIGHLY recommend her.
3. IF your baby is fussy when breastfeeding make sure you track when this is happening & don’t ignore that it could possibly be due to a low milk supply. Is it happening after the let-down? Before the let-down? During every feed? Which boob is it happening on? Luke (my first) was fussy ALL the time on the boob, in hindsight I know it’s because of his tongue tie which ended up lowering my milk supply. Odin (my newborn) was also fussy on my boob, especially at night and it seemed like I never had enough milk. He would literally be crying on and off the boob & he would NEVER use my boob for comfort, it honestly made me want to cry.
But everyone told me that I would have enough milk since I was exclusively breastfeeding. So I contacted Dr. Jack Newman and he told me to increase my milk supply and that because Odin was tongue tied it could have lowered my supply. So he told me to go on domperidone, starting with a dose of 3 pills 3 times a day (anything less than than this is not effective). Well guess what? After a week of being on domperidone my son stopped fussing on the boob and he no longer fusses on the boob. There are some assumptions that domperidone can cause heart problems, but please message Dr. Jack Newman about your concerns and he will explain to you the theories behind this.
4. Don’t listen to people when they tell you that it’s your fault that breastfeeding isn’t going well. I was told that my nipples were the problem, that my milk didn’t have enough fat in it, that I wasn’t feeding long enough on both sides, that I shouldn’t have introduced the soother, that I should have done finger feeding longer instead of introducing the bottle and so on. The reason my first son struggled to breastfeed wasn’t my fault and I did the best that I could (we also now know that my first son has GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY which could have contributed to his breastfeeding and bottle-feeding struggles).
5. Clogged Ducts SUCK. I had a few clogged ducts at the beginning, probably due to the fact that Odin wasn’t emptying my boobs properly. Anyways, when I first got the ducts I was massaging them really hard and it ended up making things worse. When I went to see the breastfeeding specialist in Saskatoon she told me not to massage too hard because it can cause more problems. Instead she told me to get an electric toothbrush and use the head of it to massage out the ducts while pumping. My clogged ducts were gone within 24 hours!
Dr. Jack Newman’s website: https://ibconline.ca
I hope this helps at least one person!