“In the early years the baby has an intense need to be with his mother, which is as basic as his need for food.” – La Leche League International
Babies are separated from their birth parents at varying degrees for many reasons, including maternal or infant contagious disease, traumatic birth, surgical birth, adoption or surrogacy, NICU stay, travel, return to work, quarantine, imprisonment, detainment, natural disaster, maternal medical emergency, and more.
I’ll expand upon a few of these here, but in general I hope the resources and tips can be adapted as needed. I intend to update this article with attention to other reasons for separation and their respective resources.
For the purpose of this post, I’m focusing on the effects of separation in infancy specifically on breastfeeding / feeding. Read More