Clare believes that there is far too much emphasis placed on why mothers should breastfeed and not nearly enough on how to breastfeed. The reality is that it is not always as easy as everyone makes out and roughly 50% of mothers give up breastfeeding within six weeks because they find it too painful or difficult.
Common breastfeeding problems
- difficulty in latching,
- sore nipples,
- engorged breasts,
- recurrent mastitis
- low milk supply.
Clare believes that almost all of these problems are caused by mothers using the wrong technique when it comes to the latching the baby on breast – Clare does not agree with the nose-to-nipple theory, but instead teaches mouth-to-nipple. She also teaches that rather than expecting your baby to open his mouth wide, you should help him by making your breast smaller – the same principle that is involved in posting a large parcel into a small letterbox!
Reviews of Clare’s DVD and books along with the testimonials from grateful parents show that these mothers find that Clare’s techniques works better than others and will usually instantly resolve problems such as difficulty in latching and sore nipples.
In a breastfeeding session, Clare
- Shows you how to latch to latch your baby on quickly and easily
- Demonstrates how Incorrect latching is the main cause of sore nipples and how correct latching is pain-free
- Explains whether to use one breast or two, how long the feed should take and how to tell when the baby has had enough milk
- Discusses winding, swaddling and settling babies after the feed
- Discusses common problems such as wind, colic & reflux
Although most breastfeeding problems can be resolved with the right help & advice, Clare firmly believes that some mothers and babies genuinely can’t do it. Her view is that nature doesn’t always get it right. Any dairy farmer will tell you that some of his cows produce masses of milk (known as prize dairy cows!) while others produce very little milk at all – even though they are all being fed and milked in exactly the same way. Similarly any sheep farmer will confirm that some lambs need to be bottle-fed because he cannot get them to feed direct from their own mother – he does not worry about ‘nipple-teat’ confusion with these lambs because he knows that if he doesn’t bottle-feed them they will die. It is the same with mothers and babies – some mothers cannot produce enough milk however hard they try and some babies simply cannot manage to breastfeed. Thank goodness for formula milk and bottles!
Clare says that a mother should not feel a failure if she finds breastfeeding so difficult that she gives up. Clare’s view is that the new mother is the amateur and the health professionals are the experts: if these ‘experts’ can’t show a mother how to breastfeed happily and successfully they should not criticise and make her feel a failure if she switches to bottle feeding.