Breastfeeding is a natural phenomenon after childbirth. Unfortunately, it becomes a challenge for a lot of mothers. Here are some common problems you may be facing and their possible solutions.
- Baby doesn’t latch:
This is the most common problem mothers face. It means that your baby is unable to get good enough mouthful of your breast to feed from. This may frustrate her and hence she may refuse to feed.
Solution: Skin to skin contact is the way to go. Make sure your skin touches baby’s skin and then sit in a comfortable reclining position. Keep your baby near your chest. She will find her position to latch. You will need to be gentle and patient in the process. To avoid any pain in nipples, try to achieve an asymmetrical latch where baby’s mouth covers more of the areola below the nipple rather than above.
- Cracked Nipples:
In the initial few days, it may be absolutely normal to have cracked nipples. But later on, it may be a sign of some infection or wrong latching.
Solution: Position the baby properly. Feed your baby more frequently so that she is not so hungry and she sucks softer. Try letting some breast milk stay on your nipples to air dry. It heals the cracks naturally. Consult your doctor and she may give you some lotion to apply.
- Clogged ducts:
This happens when the milk doesn’t drain properly. It can cause lumps in the breast which are sore and you may even feel feverish.
Solution: Do warm compressions on your breast. Massage them to stimulate milk movement. Don’t give long breaks in between feeds.
Your breasts get full and hard and hence baby is unable to latch on.
Solution: Try massaging a little before the feeding to get the milk flowing and making it easier for baby to latch on. Feed your baby more frequently to empty the breasts.
- Not Enough Milk:
Breastfeeding is a supply and demand process. Sometimes, a mother may not be able to produce the required quantity of milk due to some illness or stress. If your baby is frequently getting hungry or sucking on for too long, it could be an indication of insufficient milk.
Solution: Try having foods that induce milk production. You may get more info about this here. Drink lots of fluids. De-stress and feed your baby frequently.
If your problem doesn’t get resolved by trying these methods, you might need to take your doctor’s advice.