"Breastfeeding clinic"

About: St Austell Community Hospital

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I visited the breastfeeding clinic yesterday as I have been having problems with latch and weightgain in my 4 week old baby. I have been receiving support from my midwife and maternity support worker, as well as my local breastfeeding group but unfortunately, nothing suggested seemed to increase his weight enough so I have had to supplement his feeds with formula. I decided to take the 100 mile round trip as a last resort before accepting that I would have to formula feed, if I couldn't get help here then there was no hope for me. I am so glad I came. The midwife/ lactation consultant I saw was very well-informed and knowledgable and listened to my problems very sympathetically before offering me advice and options about my next steps. She noticed that my son had a tongue-tie and thrush which is something that hadn't been picked up by anyone else, and these things are fairly likely to have caused my problems. The tongue-tie has now been corrected by the midwife and I have a plan in place that hopefully will ensure that I can get back on track and successfully exclusively breastfeed like I originally intended. Thank you so much for this invaluable service and for helping people like me where others have failed.

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Response from St Austell Community Hospital

Thank you for your feedback. We want to make sure that our teams know when they have made a positive difference, so we will pass your appreciation on to those who were involved in your experience of care. We will also pass on your comments to RCHT who manage the Maternity Service.

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