Common Breastfeeding Challenges and Solutions

Breastfeeding is a natural way to feed your baby but that doesn’t always mean it is easy, there are various challenges that new moms face, but there are solutions to that. So don’t worry, read on to discover the challenges and the solutions to it.

  • Poor Latch

Getting your baby to latch is the key to good breastfeeding. However, many new moms face this challenge and poor latch causes discomfort and can make your nipples sore, crack or even bleed. The solution to this is, ensure your baby is awake and ready to feed, start by un-swaddling and changing the diaper. Then try to open your baby’s mouth by tickling the upper lip and latch to your nipple for feeding.

  • Sore Nipples

As said in the point above sore nipples are a result of a poor latch. Most women have tenderness after delivering a baby due to hormonal changes. However, when breastfeeding a baby, check the position of the baby and after each nursing session air dry your nipples and alternate with each session. If the problem persists consult your doctor, they will provide you with an ointment to reduce the soreness.

  • Mastitis

It is an infection of the breast tissue and can cause great discomfort to nursing moms. The infection is a result of a crack in the nipple and inadequate emptying of the breast. You will need an antibiotic to clear up the infection and keep nursing or pumping on the side as much as you can. To prevent mastitis, ensure that you empty your breasts regularly and if you are taking antibiotic take a probiotic supplement to help prevent other infections such as Thrush.

  • Low Milk Supply

Many new moms worry about that they do not have enough milk to feed their babies. Most of the times, this fear is unwarranted and once you learn how to assess the supply, you will be more confident in the ability to provide what your baby needs. If you think that milk production is less then eat well, increase fluid intake, spend time with a professional to determine the cause and ensure that the baby is latched properly.

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