As a society, we’re quick to blame the mom if breastfeeding isn’t established. Dr. Linda Dahl joins the Plus Mommy Podcast for a fascinating conversation about a breastfeeding complication we’re not talking about enough. A baby’s anatomical characteristics are far more often to blame than a mom’s inability to produce milk!
Overall breastfeeding can work for you and your baby 75% of the time. For those in the 25%, there are issues that should be addressed.
As an ear, nose, and throat doctor Dr. Dahl found a connection between tongue tie and breastfeeding struggles after listening to the concerns of lactation consultants.
Clipping a true tongue or lip tie has resolved many complications; however, over the years, Dr. Dahl has watched the harm caused by the overdiagnosis of tongue tie.
Watch the video below that shows all that needs to happen for a baby to be able to latch. We discuss this a lot throughout this episode.
Moms can self-diagnose breastfeedings issue most of the time but don’t have the resources or expertise to fix the problem. Moms should watch for how wide their baby can open their mouth.
Beyond working hard to encourage and support breastfeeding, Dr. Dahl addresses that a mother’s mental health during postpartum is critical and often overlooked.
When breastfeeding struggles occur a push for “breast is best” can cause more harm than good. If breastfeeding doesn’t work out, there are many ways to bond with your baby beyond breastfeeding, like skin-to-skin. Oxytocin is best!
Listen in as we discuss all of the above and well beyond!
Recording & Show Notes: Plus Mommy Podcast Episode 66
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Resources Mentioned On The Show:
- You can learn more about Dr. Dahl via her website dolcenter.net, author page, and Clinician’s Guide to Breastfeeding.
- Haberman feeder is one of the best nipples for bottles that can be beneficial if your baby is struggling to nurse.
Dr. Dahl lectures in a myriad of settings: Screen Actor’s Guild, Actor’s Equity, lactation conferences, medical conferences and hospitals, educating residents from Beth Israel Hospital, New York University Hospital and Weill Cornell Hospital. She has also written and co-written articles published in such scientific journals as the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and the Journal of Voice. Dr. Dahl recently published a Clinical Guide to Breastfeeding through Springer International. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows discussing ear nose and throat issues.
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