In this section - Breastfeeding Problems and Solutions:
Breastfeeding is a no doubt a very beautiful, natural and healthy process for both mother and her newborn, yet every good thing comes with a price. Breastfeeding may seem as a "free" option for most of the non-breastfeeders (I think I just made up this term), yet it has its ups and downs (not to mention sometimes the expense on buying breastfeeding accessories). Yes, she does get some relief from the financial tension of purchasing formula milk, bottles and sterilizers; but the pain and discomfort that, at times, mothers go through cannot be ignored.
Also referred to as sore nipples, the cracked nipples are one of the leading breastfeeding problems and can be the result of many things. You may experience frequent sore nipples if you have just started breastfeeding. Nipples are made up of very delicate tissues, and improper positioning/ latching may end up making them sore and bleed. Cracked result can also take place due to a improper pumping, shallow latch or dry skin.
The solution is to make sure your newborn baby has a correct latching position. When your baby has a shallow latch, your nipple is present in front of the tiny mouth and it rubs along the hard palate of your baby's mouth. When you have a deeper latch, your nipples go deeper inside the mouth where the palate is soft and it does not cause friction.
If you have a bleeding nipple, discontinue feeding your baby from that breast for a while until the nipple heals. To heal the nipple, apply some of your breast milk on the nipple and let it air dry. You can also use a soothing gel pad, nipple shield, or a nursing ointment to help relieve the pain and heal the cracked nipples. Since bacteria can find a place to live in the cracked nipples, make sure you wash your breasts with a mild soap and lukewarm water twice a day or after every feed.
Remember, your baby did not hurt your nipple purposely, so blaming and scolding your infant is not the solution to your breastfeeding problems. Sometimes baby blues may make you think stuff that you would never think otherwise. It is quite natural to feel low, cranky and depressed after delivery - even weeks after the delivery. This may be a sign of postpartum depression. Talk to your doctor about your mood swings or low energy level.
In your initial breastfeeding days, the breastmilk may appear to come in little quantities. This results in you and your newborn baby both trying hard to get the milk out, which cause the delicate nipple tissues to crack and bleed.
Since this is a very important subject that the new breastfeeders (did I also make this term up? ) want to know about, we have a separate section on it. It is one of our most read section so you would not want to miss it, would you? Click here to find the 8 effective ways to improve the flow and quality of your breast milk.
When your breasts have a very high amount of milk than what they are supposed to have, they bulge out and feel sore, swollen, hard, and ready to burst! This makes it hard for the baby to latch on, and is also quite uncomfortable and often painful for you too. Engorged breasts are tender to touch and if untreated, they may lead to other issues including clogged milk ducts. Breast engorgement can happen due to one of the following factors:
Not all breastfeeding problems are encountered at the beginning. Some of them appear even when you feel that there is nothing more convenient than breastmilk.
Babies love biting - they really enjoy it. Give them a ball, they will try to bite it really hard. Give them the TV remote and they will chew off a button or two (or even more)! Give them your breast, and again, they will love to bite it! And many babies seem to enjoy their mother’s reaction upon biting. As if it’s some kind of a game – they bite and mommy screams. This game of action-and-reaction may sound like fun to your baby, but for you, it sure is a very painful experience.
This is a mother's nightmare - wearing the perfect outfit at the most awaited event of the year and the dripping starts!
Many many years ago when I was a little girl (okay not that much of a many) and had absolutely no idea about the technicalities of breastfeeding, I attended a cousin’s wedding. While enjoying my tea in a group of somewhat ten people, I suddenly noticed that the lady sitting in front of me has dripped some liquid on her pretty silk blouse. As a reflex, I offered her a napkin and told her about the spill. She suddenly got embarrassed in front of the whole group and excused herself away. Everyone started looking here and there sheepishly until an aunt of mine shook me by my elbow and slightly whispered in my ear something that I did not get at that time, but I do now! The spill on the lady’s blouse was not a beverage; it was the leaking breast milk.
A leaking breast is not a strange concept in a mother’s world when she is breastfeeding her baby. In fact, it is one of the most common breastfeeding problems. There are many reasons why the breast leaks.
This is one of the common breastfeeding problems that moms face.
When I started to breastfeed my daughter, I was very much disturbed by the interrupted sleep routine that I had to go through due to my newborn’s bizarre breastfeeding schedule. Though it was not one of the direct breastfeeding problems, it ended up in a lot of frustration. I would fall asleep only to be awakened by a crying baby demanding breast milk. This made me realize what a troublesome experience breastfeeding was - an absolutely insane perception!
But I wasn’t the only mother who used to get such feelings. A majority of first-time moms deem breastfeeding difficult in their early couple of weeks. Soon, all of them get the hang of it. So, if you are a new mother who is worried about breastfeeding problems and the discomfort that breastfeeding gives you at night and the sleep deprivation it causes, don’t worry. Soon it will become a routine for you and you could easily sleep through the night even with your little one getting his normal feeds.
Cosleeping makes breastfeeding easy as the mother can sleep while nourishing the baby - talking about and multitasking! Learn more about co-sleeping by clicking here.
Click here to enter our baby sleep section to get all the help you need to make your newborn baby sleep through the night. If your baby has a proper sleep routine, you will end up having a fresh baby and an even fresher you!
Prevention is better than cure, so make sure you know how to avoid breastfeeding problems. This way, you won't have to worry about finding the solutions of your breastfeeding problems.
Every problem has a solution; and same goes with breastfeeding problems. If you have already nursed your baby and are having difficulty in stopping the breastfeeding process, refer to our article on How to Stop Breastfeeding. You can also choose to extend this time. Read also: How long should you breast feed for?
Remember, the benefits breastfeeding brings clearly outweighs all the breastfeeding problems. Period.