Breastfeeding Aversion is an independent podcast, non-exclusively broadcast on Pinter & Martin Radio.
Breastfeeding/Nursing Aversion & Agitation is not a well-known phenomenon. Zainab Yate's research shows aversion is when breastfeeding triggers particular negative emotions such as anger, irritation, intrusive thoughts and the overwhelming urge to de-latch.
There are specific groups or 'cohorts' of women who experience it, including those who are survivors of sexual abuse or childhood trauma, those who are tandem feeding or breastfeeding when pregnant, those who are breastfeeding through persistent pain and discomfort, and those who are on the autism spectrum or have sensory sensitivities.
In this podcast, we explore the experience of aversion, why it may arise, what can help and I chat to mothers who have gone through it. We cover the signs and symptoms of aversion, how to understand if these are different to postnatal depression and Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex using a simple differential diagnosis process, and what can help alleviate aversion.
Zainab Yate blogs and podcasts about breastfeeding aversion on her website.