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"Lack of appropriate breastfeeding support"

About: Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Community Services in Grampian

(as the patient),

After having numerous problems with breastfeeding my son, the infant feeding team at the maternity hospital and my health visitor decided I would benefit from seeing a breastfeeding support specialist. When referred, I waited 3 weeks for a response to then be told there was no capacity to see me. I was so looking forward to meeting this specialist and getting the help I needed, and felt completely frustrated and let down, and also very upset. My health visitor then tried to get in touch with the bf specialist in aberdeenshire who didnt respond. My problems have since persisted and escalated, my very helpful health visitor has had to come up with a plan (with formula top ups) so my son doesnt lose any weight. I feel very disappointed in the lack of care and very anxious regarding my sons weight. I want to breastfeed my son and it has been encouraged from midwives etc since my first booking appointment, but coming across lots of problems it is evident there is a lack of specialist support and expertise mums need.

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Response from Jenny McNicol, Interim Acute Associate Director, Nursing and Midwifery, NHS Grampian 4 years ago
Jenny McNicol
Interim Acute Associate Director, Nursing and Midwifery,
NHS Grampian
Submitted on 18/12/2017 at 08:08
Published on Care Opinion at 10:30

Dear cheetahwp74

I am so sorry that this has been your experience - breastfeeding can be very challenging and this will have caused you a huge amount of anxiety worrying that your son was not getting enough milk. It is really good to hear that you had the support of your health visitor. There should be support available whether that is from health professionals or peer supporters.

I will share your feedback with the infant feeding team. I hope that things are now more settled and you are looking forward to Christmas with your new son and family.


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