Breastfeeding can be a pretty relaxing moment between you and your baby but, let's be real here, it can also be incredibly overwhelming. In fact, if you've ever thought of some reasons you should see a therapist while breastfeeding, I can promise you this: you are not alone. Therapy and breastfeeding sound like a combination to help you be more successful at nursing, but in reality, it could also help you keep your sanity.
A 2013 study in the journal Pediatrics proved just how debilitating concerns over breastfeeding can be. In the study, 92 percent of the participants reported at least one concern on day three of being postpartum and, based on the study's findings, breastfeeding concerns are highly prevalent and associated with moms giving up breastfeeding. The biggest concerns — infant feeding difficulty and milk quantity, both which can be fixed with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant's (IBCLC) help.
Although nothing can compare to having an IBCLC in your support group, a therapist can do wonders for you while you're breastfeeding, too. This is a wonderful time, but it can also be lonesome, frustrating, and really hard. If you feel totally fine as a nursing mom, that's awesome. But for many, the stress and fear of breastfeeding a child, along with so much overwhelming information, can lead to at least seven reasons you should see a therapist while breastfeeding.