• Most common issues with Breastfeeding and how to cope with them 05 March 2017 | View comments

  • We all know that breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby and has a whole host of benefits for mum and baby! However, whilst it can be a great thing to do, it isn’t always easy to get the hang of, and can be full of challenges.

    Thankfully, the majority of issues that can come up during breastfeeding can be overcome, and whilst it can seem difficult at times, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To help you along the way, we have put together some of the common issues with breastfeeding and how you can solve them!

    A sleepy feeder

    Babies love to sleep, although not always at the time that you want them to sleep! The best way to encourage a sleepy feeder to carry on eating is with a wake up call. Simply get your milk flowing by doing gentle breast compressions between your thumb and fingers. Your baby will then respond by getting back to feeding, you can also get them to suck by stroking under the chin.

    Latching on really hurts

    Your nipples are sensitive, so it makes sense as a new mother that they may be a bit tender during breastfeeding. There should never be any severe pain during a feed. If you are experiencing any, then it could be down to the latch. Your baby needs to get a great mouthful of your breast right at the start, to do this their mouth needs to be open wide, with their chin pressed into your breast and their head tilted backwards. If it still hurts, then speak to an expert.

    My breasts are incredibly swollen

    Around 3 days after your baby is born the milk production in your breasts starts to ramp up. This can lead to your breasts becoming swollen and uncomfortable. The best way to get through this uncomfortable time is to frequently breastfeed your baby, you can also hand express to relieve the discomfort too. You may even find that cabbage leaves (clean ones of course) placed you’re your bra can help with the swelling too!

    I have a painful spot in my breast

    This is likely to be caused by a plugged milk duct. It is important that you take care of this, as it can lead to Mastitis which is an infection in your milk ducts that can be incredibly painful. Ideally you will want to encourage the milk to flow through this particular area.

    Position your baby so that their chin point towards the tender area and carefully massage the breast in that one spot whilst they are feeding. Between feeds it is also a good idea to apply heat to the area. If it isn’t improving then you should speak to your doctor, midwife or health visitor. Here is a link to the NHS information in regards to mastitis:
    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Mastitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

    It's worth giving it a good try.. 

    Whilst there are some challenges when breastfeeding most of them can be overcome by seeking advice from experts such as health visitors, lactation consultants, midwives or GPs. So don't hesitate and ask for help. Most councils have special breastfeeding clincs on a regular basis. For most mums breastfeeding is an amazing experience. Not only do you give your baby a great start, but it will be amazingly convenient for you. Always having milk 'on call' in the exact right temperature, free of charge!

    But if breastfeeding doesn't work out for you, don't be hard on yourself! You and your baby will be fine in any which way. You are doing a great job - mums are best. xx 

    If you are concerned about your own milk supply, or feel that you need a boost to your breastfeeding, why not take a look at our online store? We have a specialist nursing tea that is designed to help you with your milk supply during nursing. 


    We hope that this blog was helpful.

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    Your Neuner's Team

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