• natural birth without any interventions will help get breastfeeding off to a great start

  • Interventions during birth can affect the initiation and duration of breastfeeding

  • Epidurals can affect breastfeeding d/t the IV fluids that are usually administered to increase blood pressure. If mom gets too much fluid during labour, baby also gets extra fluid in utero and therefore is born ‘heavier’ than his true birth weight. Once he starts peeing and losing weight, there is a chance he may lose more than 10% of his birthweight and most facilities have a policy to supplement with formula once there is a 10% weight loss

  • Epidurals and oxytocin augments can cause the breasts to swell making it difficult for baby to latch on

  • Drugs used in labour will pass through to the baby and can make the baby more disorganized at the breast when learning how to breastfeed

  • An assisted delivery such as vacuum or forceps delivery may also affect the way your baby breastfeeds. If baby is born with a bruised, sore head, most likely his jaw, and facial muscles will be disrupted making his learning to breastfeed more difficult.