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Learn more about breastfeeding problems

Learn more about breastfeeding problems
September 09
09:24 2014

Breastfeeding is known to have innumerable benefits for both, the mother and the baby. In such instances, lots of women decide to breastfeed their newborns and continue giving breast milk to their kids for 1+ years. But, lots of women face varieties of problems during breastfeeding especially when they breastfeed for the very first time, after delivering their first baby.

If you are also a soon-to-be mom and planning breastfeed, then it is important that you learn about various breastfeeding problems before, so that you don’t get worried if at all, you also experience difficulties when feeding breast milk to your baby. Or if you have already started breastfeeding, then also this article can help you learn more about what problems you might experience.


When your milk comes (approx 2-5 days after the delivery) your breasts may feel painful or swollen. It generally, settles as you get used to breastfeeding, but not for all women. The problem can persist.

It hurts:

There is an Urban myth that if breastfeeding hurts, then you are certainly not doing it right. Coming across something like this, can be very disappointing. So, let’s try and find out the facts. It is definitely true that in most of the cases, pain during breastfeeding is due to inappropriate latch. However, even if your latch is correct, it is quite possible that breastfeeding can hurt.

Sometimes, the pain is due to physical problems like tongue tie (with your baby) or mastitis, thrush, cracked nipples (with you). Whatever you think could be the reason, it is vital to consult your doctor immediately.

It is time consuming:

Well, in several cases it does take quite a long time, but give some time to your baby to get acquainted and then he or she will be really fast at it.

There is no routine:

It is one of most common breastfeeding problems. There are no schedules in the beginning. In addition, digesting breast milk is easier for babies as compared to formula milk, therefore, your baby can be ready for the another feed faster than kids who are on formula feed.

This means, at least in the starting weeks, building a timetable or routine won’t be possible. Breastfeeding experts, also say that to start with, you should just feed ‘on demand’. Some of the common signs of baby feeling hungry include: lip licking, finger sucking and crying.

Schedules and routines, can work effectively with breastfeed babies but only after the breastfeed is established.

I don’t have sufficient milk:

Are you feeding on demand? Is your baby producing lots of wet and dry nappies in a day? Is your baby gaining weight? Then, it is more likely that you are producing sufficient milk. Breast milk works on demand and supply basis, the more your baby needs, the more you produce.

If you are mixed feeding, it is quite strange not to have sufficient milk for your baby. Although, if you are worried, then you can consult your doctor for expert advice.

Suddenly, my baby is feeding all the time: nothing to worry about, if your baby is feeling hungry all the time, it is just a sign of growth. It may seem like your baby’s appetite has grown suddenly, but it is not the fact. Baby’s appetite increases gradually. Therefore, one day he/she will be all settled and calm, the other he/she will be very hungry for a lot more milk than usual.

In such instances also, many times mothers think that they don’t have sufficient milk, while in reality by suckling more, the babies stimulate breasts of their moms to produce more milk.

My child is crying and pulling off:

There are chances that your milk is coming out too fast for him/her. Just imagine how you would react if milk or any other fluid rushes into your mouth much faster than you could swallow, definitely even you would be crying and squirming. Therefore, assisting your baby becomes significant. You can assist your baby by feeding him/her by lying down as this can decrease the flow of your milk. By dumping or expressing the really fast flowing or applying pressure softly to your areola can also assist in slowing down the flow of milk.

My baby’s weight is not increasing enough:

In general, babies who are breastfed are leaner and grow more slowly as compared to babies who are formula fed. Ensure that you while weighing your baby; keep the new height/weight chart that takes this difference into account, in mind.

If you still feel that he or she is not gaining enough weight, then consulting your doctor is highly recommended. Generally, doctors recommend either to switch to formula or at least opt for mixed feeding. Consulting your doctor beforehand is advised.

I am unwell:

You can continue to breastfeed, when suffering from some common health issues like: sore throat, cold, and stomach bugs. Actually, by continuing to breastfeed you can assist and protect your baby from suffering from the very same illness, as you pass on your antibodies.

But, be very cautious with the medication, because some medicines do enter into breast milk. Therefore, before you take any medicines, always consult your doctor that they are friendly with breast-feeding.

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