Breastfeeding is not best for all mothers and babies | Breast-feeding

I sadly read the article about the side effects of using domperidone to support lactation and breastfeeding (‘The darkest period of my life’: I struggled to breastfeed – then a medication sent me into a spiral, May 30). My baby was born with a severe tongue tie and no matter what she did, we couldn’t get breastfeeding to work because she couldn’t latch. As a result, my milk supply decreased drastically and I started seeking out domperidone. My GP didn’t prescribe it, so I looked for a private doctor who specializes in breastfeeding. Fortunately, she mentioned the potential mental health side effects early on in the consultation and I decided not to take the medication given my long-term struggle with anxiety.

At the time I felt extremely guilty about the decision, but looking back and now that I’ve read this article, I know I made the right decision. I appreciate that the author is so open about her experiences, because this will help others. We need to stop pressuring new parents to breastfeed at all costs, because for many that is not possible or desirable; Let’s trust that they will make the right decisions for themselves and their babies.
Alex Martin

In some parts of the world, breastfeeding is essential for the baby’s health. In a country where there is clean water, resources to purchase formula and bottles, and someone with the ability to accurately mix sterilized foods, it is not essential. When breastfeeding works, it’s brilliant. When it doesn’t, the result is a distraught mother and a miserable, hungry baby. When there is a safe alternative, this is absurd.
Dr. Heather Parry

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