Jade Beall Photography RELATED: 16 Real, Beautiful Women in Every Stage of Pregnancy (NSFW) How Breastfeeding Her Baby Saved This Woman's Life 10 Beautiful Women's Bodies That Couldn't Go on Instagram Without a Fight Follow Olivia on Twitter.If breastfeeding feels a bit awkward at first, don't worry.I would pump eight times a day and in total I would get 10ml of milk. She lost so much weight, and she was only 4lb 12oz to start with.” What is all the more remarkable about Jodee’s story is that it isn’t that unusual.In the course of researching this article, I spoke to scores of women who had experienced similar miseries as they tried to breastfeed.
Sign into Facebook and message the Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend chatbot for fast, friendly, trusted NHS advice anytime, day or night.When Charlotte was eventually moved to a regular ward after a couple of days, her mother was immediately ordered to breastfeed. Charlotte had spent her first days being formula fed via a tube and I didn’t know that I had to pump to try and bring on the milk. They told us not to waste our money, that almost all women could breastfeed.” At first, Jodee thought she had cracked the fine art of feeding her baby with her own body. Then a paediatrician came to check on Charlotte, and the first thing she said was, 'You need to give this child a bottle.’ What was amazing was that she perked up immediately on drinking it.” But the worst was not over.“I was in bed, happily breastfeeding my baby, thinking I was doing so well. Charlotte was so dehydrated and jaundiced that she had to be moved to another ward for phototherapy. I was exhausted and so desperate to breastfeed that I couldn’t see the wood for the trees.Her newborn showed all the signs of being undernourished, but every time she went to a breastfeeding clinic they simply sent her home with a list of things to improve her milk supply: eat lots of porridge, take fenugreek tablets.She eventually found her daughter had tongue-tie (a condition that makes sucking difficult) but the nurse wouldn’t carry out the simple, 60-second, in most cases pain-free procedure to treat it, because she thought that Lola’s high palate might also be causing a problem. ’ And I knew I was doing it for the health visitors, for the midwives, for the mums I’d met who told me they felt bad for formula-fed babies.” Breast is best, says everyone from the government to the NHS to the UN.
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Dr Ella Rachamim, a paediatrician and mother of three, told me that she doubted many of the claims made about breastfeeding (studies have shown that breastfed children have higher IQs, are less likely to develop autism, and that they are more likely to be protected from heart attacks in later life).