Common Breastfeeding Problems and Their Solutions

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Breastfeeding isn’t always simple. Because many moms experience difficulties along the road, we’ve compiled a list of 5 common breastfeeding issues, as well as remedies to help you improve your nursing connection with your baby. If none of these suggestions work for you, seek professional assistance from a lactation consultant.

Cracked nipples

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Breastfeeding is a wonderful but difficult experience for all mothers, particularly when they are new to it. Nipple creams are one item that can help with cpainful and swollen nipples. They’re designed to moisturise and soothe nipples that have grown dry or cracked as a result of breastfeeding. 

In this situation, you may use new mother nursing products. It is a powerful yet cheap remedy to save yourself from suffering in discomfort. 

Baby refusing to latch

Skin to skin is the way to go!  It’s like a miraculous remedy for the infant who won’t latch. Get completely nude from the waist up, strip baby down to a diaper, and get into a semi-reclining posture with baby on your chest. Your baby will crawl down to the breast and latch on when he’s ready. Until your baby figures it out, you may need to give him expressed milk in a cup or syringe; pumping or hand-expressing at this time can also help build up your milk supply.)

Falling asleep mid-breastfeed

A mouthful of milk is the greatest wake-up and eat signal for your baby, and you may stimulate milk flow by performing breast compressions. Simply squeeze your breast between your thumb and fingers (gently, not so hard that you get bruises), and your baby will react by sucking and swallowing. When the sucking has stopped, let go and squeeze again. Stroking the infant beneath the chin may occasionally induce a drowsy baby to suck.

Baby choking when breastfed

Some women make more milk than their infants need, and the milk frequently pours so quickly and powerfully that the baby seems to be drinking from a firehose. Green foamy poops are common in these infants. There are a few methods that may be used: To balance the flow, swap sides every two or three minutes. If this doesn’t work, try what’s known as “block feeding”: Choose a period of time — say, four hours — and give the infant the left breast every time he wants to feed during that time. The right breast will get very full, but that’s the point: the fullness tells the breast to stop producing milk. Then, over the following four hours, move to the other breast.

Bloated breasts

This usually occurs three days after the baby is delivered, when milk supply begins to increase. If you received intravenous fluids during labour, your soreness and swelling may be greater than usual since you’ll have edoema (swelling produced by fluid in your body) in your breast tissue in addition to the additional milk. Clean cabbage leaves tucked into your bra between feedings may help decrease swelling, and you can push on the fluid-filled tissue surrounding your nipple with your fingers before latching the baby on. Breastfeeding or hand-expression on a regular basis will assist to alleviate the pain. (Don’t use a pump since it will draw more fluid into your breast.)

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