Breastfeeding Interruptions – Helping Babies make their way back to the Breast

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Breastfeeding can be interrupted between mothers and babies for a variety of reasons.  Most commonly it is never well established after a separation at birth and it can take time and patience to remind your body and the baby of this nursing relationship.  There are homeopathic remedies to support this kind of transition and this in addition to some serious bed/skin to skin time with the mamma can help things resume smoothly. 

It is first important to deal with the reason for the separation and SPEAK to your baby about the events that occurred.  Explain the whole story to your baby, including how you felt.  If you have a strong reaction to speaking about the events then chances are your child does also.  Often babies will cry when the mothers and I are talking about the birth story – particularly if it has been traumatic.  This is your starting point for using homeopathy.  It is possible to clear the charge of the story for both you and your baby. 

To address the separation and interruption in breastfeeding it is important to look at how you feel when you nurse.  Are you frightened that the baby is not gaining enough weight, tense, in pain, anxious or angry?  Once you can identify how you feel you can use a remedy to shift that.  Most likely the feeling is coming from events that are unresolved from the birth or the separation.  Set yourself up for success.  Have friends/family bring food, get into bed with your baby and start fresh.  Talk about your experience and think about how you have co-created it with your baby so you can understand what you need/want to bring forward and what you want to leave behind. 

For specific information on choosing remedies and using homeopathy with newborns please visit my website – www.pipermartin.com and access my on-line e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.

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