Some obstetric complications may create extra challenges for the establishment of breastfeeding, and it is particularly important that these mothers receive intensive, expert support and education as soon as the complications are identified - often antenatally. In many cases breastfeeding is likely to have an added positive impact on these mothers and babies, above the usual impact of breastfeeding in all dyads. The effect of a complicated pregnancy or delivery on mental wellbeing must also be considered - if breastfeeding 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


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