HOW OBSTETRIC FACTORS IMPACT ON LACTATION

Some obstetric complications may create extra challenges for the establishment of breastfeeding/chestfeeding, and it is particularly important that these mothers/parents receive intensive, expert support and education as soon as the complications are identified - often antenatally. In many cases breastfeeding/chestfeeding is likely to have an added positive impact on these parents and babies, above the usual impact of breastfeeding/chestfeeding in all dyads. The effect of a complicated pregnancy or delivery on mental wellbeing must also be considered - if breastfeeding/chestfeeding can be supported this may be healing for the family, whereas if it is an added difficulty this adds yet another trauma. The following pages discuss specific complication:

Antenatal complications

Intrapartum complications

Postpartum complications

With thanks to Caitlin Scott for content on these pages @cdescott

Mother and Newborn