Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world apparently… well, as a mum of 2 boys and a physio working in women’s health, let me tell you it’s not all roses. Breastfeeding can be the most beautiful thing, but it can also be very hard. Some babies latch perfectly on their first go and mum has no trouble at all, others have pain and difficulty from the start, and if they are not helped along the way, they stop. Some mums don’t even want to attempt breastfeeding and that’s ok too. There is no right or wrong however there are some amazing benefits to breastfeeding and if you have the right support and advice, most women can achieve comfortable breastfeeding if that’s their goal.

Breastfeeding has many benefits including financial, health and convenience:

  • It creates a magical bond between mother and baby which no one else can have
  • Its free – there’s no need for trialling different types of formula or buying an abundance of bottles, teats and sterilisers
  • It maintains a strong immune system for both baby and mother and has many health benefits in both the short and long term
  • Exclusive breastfeeding provides adequate nutrients and water for the baby
  • It can be done anytime, anywhere, on the go or at home

Both mother and baby benefit from breastfeeding in the short and long term. If the mother is able to and wants to, the benefits of breastfeeding are so worth getting the help, advice and support to continue to do it for as long as possible.

If breastfeeding brings about attachment issues, mastitis, or any other pain or discomfort, your local women’s health physio is always around to help you through any problems. There are many strategies that can be put into place to help you achieve comfortable breastfeeding such as changing position of feeding, looking at correct attachment of baby to breast, self-massage and many more. Don’t hesitate to ask for help, it’s not always as easy as it seems but with help, it can be perfect.

Keep up the great work mums!!

Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.