Breastfeeding problems

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Breastfeeding problems

When my son was unable to latch basically from the first time we tried to breastfeed onward, it came as sort of a shock because, it's sort of strange because I knew that there could be problems breastfeeding. Every class that I had taken and every book I read on it, which were many, sort of implied that it was going to be this natural and instinctive experience; so when it wasn't, it came as a shock. And we saw seven different lactation consultants, all of whom were excellent but none of whom could figure out what was wrong. One of them suspected that he might have what they call a tongue-tie, which can be fixed by a procedure called the frenectomy, so we tried that. But ultimately it didn't make a difference. So at that point I decided just to pump my milk and feed him in bottles which he was able to take. And I hated pumping, but it was sort of worth it because at least I wasn't having these horrible experiences of every time I tried to nurse he would be screaming in frustration and I would be cringing in pain. At least with the bottle I could calmly sit there and look into his eyes and we had these magical moments that I had so craved. So at least it was a temporary solution to the problem.

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Suzanne Barston, CLC

Blogger & Author of Bottled Up

Suzanne Barston, CLC is the former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women’s interest, and science/health topics. She is the author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogs as her alter ego, the "Fearless Formula Feeder". "FFF", as it’s known to an international fan base representing over 40 countries, supports parents dealing with issues of guilt, fear, conflict and uncertainty regarding infant feeding difficulties and choices through critical assessments of research, pithy commentary, practical advice, and a weekly series allowing parents to share stories in a cathartic way. She is also the co-creator of the #ISupportYou movement. 

Barston was raised outside of Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2000. After living and working in Chicago and London, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, the photographer Steven Barston, and their two obnoxiously cute children. She and her husband were featured on two award-winning online reality series for, A Parent is Born and Welcome to Parenthood, about their pregnancy and first years as parents. Suzanne's writing and her work with FFF and Bottled Up have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post,,, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Parenting, Babytalk, OhBaby!, Fit Pregnancy, The Observer, Yahoo Shine!, Australia's Good Weekend magazine, and on a variety of radio programs including KPCC's "Take Two", numerous NPR affiliates, "Parenting Unplugged", "Positive Parenting", "Mom Enough", "For Crying Out Loud", "Voice of Russia", and more. Suzanne was honored to be one of the keynote Voices of the Year in 2012 for the annual BlogHer conference.

She currently works both as a writer and as an Infant Feeding Counselor. 


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