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You’re a first-time parent. Considering that there are so many things you don’t know about parenthood, you’re thankful for every breastfeeding advice that comes your way. Now, it’s time to tackle another crucial topic: breastfeeding problems and solutions.
Let’s get on with it, shall we?
Common problems with breastfeeding
Amount of breastfeeding milk supply
You may be experiencing low amounts of breastmilk. This isn’t uncommon. Many moms experience this and there are several reasons why this occurs. How do you avoid this?
Tips for newborn breastfeeding
The easiest solution is to increase breastfeeding frequency. The amount of milk you produce is affected by how often you breastfeed. When your body senses that your baby still needs milk, it produces more. If you decrease breastfeeding sessions, your body will get the message and it will produce less and less milk. If there’s no way for you to continuously breastfeed your baby, you can express milk through pumping, which is popular to working moms who still mainly rely on breastmilk
Get enough sleep
It’s easy to lose sleep after birth. Your baby cries in the middle of the night and there’s no one else to console them except you and your partner. However, most of the time, it’s you who has to go because your husband, for obvious reasons, can’t produce nourishment through their breasts. Hence, you lose sleep. This article should be your reminder: get enough sleep or else your baby will not be able to get any milk from you. So get some sleep. We’re not asking you to ignore your baby when they attempt to wake the whole neighborhood up during godly hours. Someone has to get up, and it doesn’t have to be you all the time. You can pump and store breast milk so you can divide the task of tending to your little one.
Eat lactogenic foods
Examples of the best lactogenic foods that can improve newborn breastfeeding are whole grains, legumes, apricots, carrots, bitter gourd, almonds, chickpea, tofu, garlic, and so many others.
Breastfeeding latch problems
Another problem moms commonly encounter is latching. It may occur from the very beginning, meaning your baby has never learned to latch properly. It’s also possible for your baby to be doing it perfectly in their first few days or weeks and later on, you’re experiencing nipple pains. You need to correct it as early as possible because unsuccessful latching commonly results to your baby not getting enough nourishment.
How to correct a shallow latch breastfeeding
Among the ways to correct latching problems is through the deep latch technique.
One day, everything is fine and you’re just breastfeeding your baby. The next moment, you find yourself in pain. And not just ordinary pain. You’re experiencing it on your breasts, which are undoubtedly the most important thing right now because, without it, your newborn baby won’t be able to eat. If it’s any consolation, this is also very common. Breastfeeding pains range from sudden bursts to forming rashes around your nipples. How do you solve this?
You can apply a warm compress on the affected area. Or there are creams you can buy over-the-counter to soothe it. We’ve written an article discussing breastfeeding pains and how to solve them through home remedies. You should check it out.
Baby spits up a lot
This may cause you to panic but many babies spit up a lot. One of the possible causes is they may be drinking too much milk. The indicator of whether or not you should worry depends on what their mood is when they spit up. If your baby seems to be glad or happy when they’re spitting up, there’s nothing to worry about. However, if you notice that they are in distress whenever they do it, there might be some underlying medical conditions. Another sign is if they’re not gaining weight.
Breast engorgement can happen if your baby finds it hard to get breast milk from you. As a result, you feel soreness around your areolas. And it becomes a vicious cycle: your areolas become hard, it becomes more difficult for your baby to latch on properly. When he can’t latch on, he won’t be able to get enough drink. And it goes on.
To solve this, you have to soften the hard part, which is around your areola. You can do this by massaging your areola using your thumb and forefinger.
Yeast Infection and other infections
Mothers commonly contract yeast infection through their baby given they are breastfeeding. There is still a lot of research that needs to be done on the subject. Symptoms include itching and burning sensation. If you notice that your nipples are swollen and they’re red, it’s possible that you’ve developed a yeast infection.
Should you contact a professional?
If you’ve crossed out everything above as possible causes, consulting a professional might be the next wise course of action. They can tell you more about your condition, whether or not you need medical intervention.