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Dealing with breastfeeding problems

It is common for new mothers to feel as if they cannot breastfeed their newborn babies properly. However, even experienced mothers experience breastfeeding problems that cause them to believe that they are doing something wrong and should give up altogether. Breastfeeding problems can occur to anyone at anytime; in most cases the breastfeeding problems are not serious enough to consider quitting breastfeeding. Fortunately you are not alone in this regard. Many women experience breastfeeding problems, especially if it is their first child. However, you can find solace in the fact that breastfeeding problems can be overcome.













Most Common Breastfeeding Problems

Common breastfeeding problems and their solutions: Sore nipples

This is the number one breastfeeding problem. The only way to eliminate this breastfeeding problem is by correcting the way the baby latches on to the breast. You should ensure that the nipple is all the way in the back of the baby’s mouth. That area is known as the hollow; where the hard and soft palettes meet. You should not have any soreness when breastfeeding in this position. You can also treat any dryness or soreness in the nipples by applying lanolin cream.

Engorgement of the Breasts

Although the engorgement of your breasts is normal, it can be a very painful breastfeeding problem and may interrupt the baby’s feeding schedule. As your milk comes in, blood and fluids flood to the breasts, which sometimes cause the milk ducts to be pinched off. This keeps you from feeding your baby and causes the milk to engorge the breasts. A proven way of opening milk ducts is by applying a cold compress for a few minutes before feeding time. Also try to feed as often as possible to keep milk ducts open and thus eliminate this breastfeeding problem.

Lumps and Infections

This is a common breastfeeding problem which has little effect on the baby. However, it can be a painful experience for you as mother. You should try not to give up on breastfeeding during this period. Most lumps are caused by clogged milk ducts. Warm compresses usually open it up, and also help for the pain and discomfort. If you have a fever and experience flu-like symptoms for more than twenty four hours, you could require an antibiotic to treat your infection.


This breastfeeding problem is a yeast infection that thrives on breast milk and presents itself as a white film on the surface of the baby’s tongue. Red and itchy skin on your nipple, which may flake off, is also visible. You may also get vaginal yeast infection at the same time. Visit your doctor to treat both you and your baby regarding this breastfeeding problem.

Fussiness in your Baby

Fussiness in your baby after feeding is caused by the foods that you eat. You should try to keep track of the foods which you consume and the way your baby reacts to it. This will help you figure out what causes him to dislike the taste of the milk or which foods irritate his tummy. Once you know which foods does not cooperate with your baby, avoid eating them at least two hours prior to baby’s feeding time. Fussiness in your baby will then no longer be a breastfeeding problem.

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