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Coping With Abuse When You're Breastfeeding


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When you experience domestic abuse, it can affect every part of your life.

And breastfeeding is no exception.

Breastfeeding can be a source of healing. But, for moms who’ve been abused, it can also create discomfort or stress. The best time to find help is while you’re pregnant; your healthcare provider can work with you to make sure you get the support you need when the time comes to breastfeed.

If you’re already trying to breastfeed and you’re having difficulties, it’s important to find someone who will listen to your concerns. Start with your healthcare provider. A lactation consultant may also be able to help.

Get Help for Violence

If you or your children are experiencing violence, get help right away. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 or the operator and ask for the police.

Get Help for Abuse

VictimLINK is a province wide telephone helpline for victims of crime including family and sexual violence. VictimLINK operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides service in 130 languages. It will help you find your nearest victim services. Phone toll-free 1-800-563-0808. For deaf and hearing impaired assistance (TTY): 604-875-0885.

A transition house may also be available in your area to offer safe shelter for you and your child, if you need to escape from intimate partner violence.  

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Last Updated: August 4, 2013