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3 Ways Our Epidural Affected Our Baby’s Latch


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While birthing two babies gives us no right to declare expertise in any field, we wanted to share our real life experience of how our epidural affected our baby’s latch.

What is a latch?

Latching is how the baby attaches to the breast.

What is an epidural?

In non-medical terms, it’s a ridiculously long needle that is placed in your spine, numbing your body so that birthing is less painful.

While we can list so many terrible side effects from our epidural, in this post we will share how it relates to our child’s ability to breastfeed.

1. She Was Drugged

Our daughter seemed out of it. We know this was our first time meeting her (on this side), but my maternal instinct told me something was off.

2. She Was Weak

We had to help her open her mouth wide. Of course she didn’t nurse as soon as she came out the womb, but when she was ready to eat, she seemed very lethargic and out of it.

3. She Needed Instruction

She needed our help picking her up and bringing her to the breast. Then she also needed us to put the breast in her mouth. This may not seem like a big deal, but we could tell our daughter needed so much assistance her first moments of life.

Stay tuned for next week’s post, where we share how our non-medicated labor affected our baby’s latch.

Happy Birthing!

Peace & Love,

Dominique

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