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We’ve all heard the phrase “breast is best,” but for moms who have breastfeeding pain, low milk supply, or other breastfeeding problems, that may not be the case, and trying to figure out a solution isn’t always easy.
Moms are told to feed more and pump more. They try supplements, teas, and cookies to increase lactation. They check their latches, change their positions, and do everything they can to get breastfeeding pain relief. But for some women, no matter what they do, breastfeeding doesn’t work.
There are wonderful midwives, lactation consultants, and La Leche League support groups women can turn to, but even among the medical community, there’s no consensus about how to analyze and treat moms and babies. Perhaps even more surprising is that terms like “posterior tongue tie” and “lip tie” may not be accurate and can lead moms to make uninformed decisions.
In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Linda D. Dahl, an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor in New York City and the author of the new book, “Better Breastfeeding.”
Dr. Dahl started her own breastfeeding practice and developed a methodology to help moms breastfeed without pain. She has treated more than 23,000 baby/mom pairs over nearly two decades with a nearly 90% success rate.
We talked about the latest research around breastfeeding rates in the U.S., the most common breastfeeding myths, and the surprising reason many moms have breastfeeding pain and aren’t able to breastfeed. We also explore how moms can figure out what’s going on with their babies, where they can turn for help, and what needs to change in the U.S. to better support them.
1:57 Let’s talk about your story!
5:07 “Breast is best” continuous to be a hot button issue for women in the U.S. Why do you think that is and what needs to change?
9:44 What does the latest research show about breastfeeding rates in the U.S.?
11:19 In what way do you think the U.S. and the healthcare system are failing moms?
15:36 What are common breastfeeding challenges?
19:30 How do you figure out what’s going on in your baby’s mouth and address it?
24:27 How do you know if the procedure is indicated?
28:13 What are the other breastfeeding obstacles that you learned about while researching your book?
29:02 What are the most common myths about breastfeeding?
30:57 Where can moms turn to start investigating the issue at hand and get support?
33:02 Where can moms turn if they can’t afford care?
LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW
Dr. Dahl talks about The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and the origins of La Leche League
Dr. Dahl mentions data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in November 2021 which shows 84.1% of infants start to breastfeed, but only 58.3% are breastfeeding at 6 months.
Purchase a copy of Dr. Dahl’s book, “Better Breastfeeding.”
Learn more about Dr. Dahl on her website DrLindaDahl.com and follow her on Instagram.
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