All in "breastfeeding"
Congratulations! You are a survivor and now you’re expecting. For many women, this time raises concerns. Many women who have survived breast cancer and go on to have children wonder if they can breastfeed. Breastfeeding can become challenging for a mother under the best circumstances, but breastfeeding after surviving breast cancer poses different concerns. Depending on how long after your battle with cancer and if any tissue was removed, will determine your success rate. But there is hope!
It’s important to understand that newborns feed frequently. It may be every 1-2 hours, or in 45 minute time spans. Understand early hunger cues and it will be easier to feed baby.
Skin-to-skin, also called kangaroo care, is a crucial first step in creating a bond between you and your baby that will promote the release of oxytocin and promote let-down. Skin to skin regulates the baby’s temperature, blood sugar, breathing, heart rate, and calms a fussy baby.
Women in our society have so many options and we should support each other’s decisions. We don’t know what difficulties someone is facing until we walk in their shoes. My lactation instructor Gini Baker, would always say “You did the best you could, with what you knew”. This is a part of the reason I have chosen to work with pregnant women. To pass on the information I’ve learned on my own journey.