Meg Nagle, also known as Milk Meg, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, wants to ease the minds of thousands of scared mums that fear they are going to starve their babies.
Meg is also a keen blogger with a large international following, an author, speaker and attachment parenting specialist.
Meg regularly helps mother’s with all things breastfeeding, sleep and attachment parenting.
Meg is speaking out following a story this week of the mum who accidentally starved her baby boy to death. “If I’d just given him one bottle, he’d still be alive”.
Meg shares, “I just saw the headline, “Baby dies from cluster feeding”…
“JUST. NO. This headline is sensationalism, scaremongering and ridiculous. Babies do not die from cluster feeding. If a baby dies it is because very obvious symptoms were ignored and good follow up post natal care was not given to this mother and baby. STOP WITH THE SCARE TACTICS. I am receiving messages every day from women scared out their minds that they are going to starve their babies and that they should supplement “just in case”.”
Meg says, “An unsettled baby who is crying even right after being fed and immediately looking for another breastfeed, after MOST feeds. This type of behaviour is not normal if it’s happening frequently. AS mentioned previously a bit of a “witching hour”…or hours can be completely normal, however a baby who is on and off the breast MOST of the time day and night is not normal and a good indicator that something is going on related to their breastmilk intake (remember look at the whole picture!) or something else going on.”
“Not having periods of awake times and sleep times as expected. Babies sleep a lot. We all know this! However babies also wake to breastfeed, wake to look around for a bit and babies usually try to throw in a 2am wake up period for an hour just to hang out with us and bring us to the brink of insanity. HOWEVER a baby who is awake all the time or very sleepy all of the time is a baby who might not be getting enough OR have something else going on.”
“A baby who is breastfeeding for up to an hour or more at EVERY or MOST feeds, 24/7. This is a really important one. Babies will breastfeed anywhere between 5 minutes to 45 minutes-ISH. And the time spent at the breast can change between each feed for the same baby. BUT if your baby is taking an hour or more at every or most feeds then this can be an indication that they are not effectively and efficiently removing the milk. Time to get an IBCLC or volunteer breastfeeding counsellor to help you look at the whole picture and assess whether or not your baby is getting enough milk.”
“Cluster feeding combined with reflux symptoms (vomiting large amounts, “silent” reflux, very gassy, wheezing, gagging, choking etc.) A baby who has reflux symptoms and is seeking comfort from the breast very frequently to help relieve these symptoms is a baby who needs a thorough evaluation by and IBCLC and/or your GP. With my first born his symptoms ended up being caused by my huge over-supply! This is just one of the many possible causes though.”
*Just a side note…if all of the other things are looking normal about (weight gain going well, nappy output perfect within the 24 hour period) then there could be something else going on unrelated to the volume of breastmilk intake such as tongue tie or food intolerances.
Meg also shared a post on her page recently highlighting that we need to listen more to the mother and help figure out why something is not right.
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