Overcoming Common Breastfeeding Problems

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All Mothers Have One Issue Or Another

It doesn’t matter how many children you’ve had or how informed you are on breastfeeding. There will develop issues you did not anticipate.

Perhaps you’re used to the discomfort of feeding, you’re producing breast milk well, and you’ve been through the process a dozen times before. But maybe the father of your first few children has decided he’s going to be a scalawag, run out on you, and you have to find a new spouse. Now that new spouse is squeamish when you go to feed the child in public.

This is a hypothetical scenario, but you get the picture: the future is unknown, and issues will develop. So what do you do? Well, you want to have a support network around you, and you want to be prepared for anything.

Here are three common breastfeeding problems new and experienced mothers contend with on a regular basis. Hopefully understanding what you’re likely to encounter will help you be better prepared.

 

The Discomfort Of Feeding

Did you know some babies are born with teeth? Imagine breastfeeding a newborn with a tooth right in the middle of their gums biting into you. Are you cringing reading that now? You’re not alone! But what do you do? The baby needs mother’s milk; formula isn’t nearly so healthy.

There are a few options here, not least of which being the expression of breast milk into a pump and storing it for later in the fridge or freezer. The fridge will keep breast milk fresh for a week, a deep freezer will maintain nutrition for up to twelve months. Beyond pumps, you might consider varying creams or salves.

Here’s a list of some of the best nipple creams for 2021; though keep in mind, newer doesn’t always mean better. In a pinch, whatever petroleum jelly products you can find that are healthy for topical use, and which you’re not allergic to, will generally work. Just be sure there aren’t any compounds that are unhealthy for you or the baby.

Contending With Latch Issues

Breastfeeding

Sometimes the baby just won’t latch properly. They’ve never been breastfed before, and you might be new to breastfeeding. For a proper latch, breastfeeding best practices are definitely to be recommended, and you’ll find some at the link in this sentence. Positioning the head and baby, and yourself for feedings that may take time, will help the child form a better latch.

Production Issues And Solutions

Hormones, nutrition, psychological issues, environmental concerns, general stress, fatigue, or congenital problems can all contribute to a lack of breastmilk production. Most mothers aren’t going to have too much trouble here, but everyone is different.

If you’re dealing with production problems, using breast pumps can help. When the baby is done feeding, keep expressing your milk until your breasts no longer have any left. This will help your body get used to how much your baby needs.

Breastfeeding Without So Much Hassle

When you know discomfort in breastfeeding is likely, you’ll be better prepared to overcome that issue with varying salves and solutions like pumping breast milk in advance. If you’ve got latching issues, professionals can help you properly position the child and your breast.

Lastly, production issues may have a variety of solutions, such as diet or deliberate over-expression during feeding, and storing that milk for later. There are plenty of complications in motherhood, and they don’t go away as the child matures; they only change.

However, if you’re psychologically prepared, and you give yourself both resources and tools to handle the unexpected, you’ll be a fine mother.