Struggling with breastfeeding?
There’s a myth that breastfeeding comes naturally, but for some women it isn’t easy and it may take weeks to get the hang of it. For others, it may not be possible at all. Breastfeeding is recommended for the benefits it offers mother and baby so it can be a good idea to stick it out for one month, with the help of a lactation consultant, to see how you go. But the most important thing is that the baby is well fed and that you’re coping well, so if trying to breastfeed is causing you distress, then it won’t do either of you any good to persist.
Growing a human being and delivering it safely into the world is no mean feat and there’s a lot going on down there.
YOUR PELVIC FLOOR
Have you noticed that since having your baby, you leak a little urine when you laugh or sneeze? One in three women will experience light bladder leakage and giving birth is the number-one cause.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
All the extra pressure on your pelvic floor during pregnancy is usually to blame – as well as the hormones that kick in to soften all your muscles in preparation for the birth.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
It should improve within a year, but a visit to a pelvic floor physiotherapist can give you a better idea of what’s going on and they can give you plenty of tips to help you get back into shape down there.
WHAT TO DO
Most symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction (from incontinence to prolapse) can be treated or prevented. Ignoring the signs will simply increase your chances of a longterm problem.