Being a new mother is scary, and among the most important new responsibilities you have is feeding your baby. Breastfeeding has many amazing benefits but doesn’t always go as smoothly as we would hope, and this is why we are here to give you the solutions to the most common breastfeeding problems mom’s face.
Problem #1: Baby is not Latching Correctly
At the early stages of breastfeeding, your baby won’t always know how to latch on to your breast properly and efficiently. For proper latching and feeding, it is important to make sure at first that you are in a comfortable position; usually lying back works best as the gravity can help support your baby’s weight and you won’t have to do all the work.
Step 1: Lay your baby on his side, with the front of his body facing you; the head, shoulders and hips should be in a straight line and the mouth should be level with, and directly in front of, your nipple. If your baby is too low, stack another pillow on your lap. You want them to come to your breast, rather than leaning over to bring your breast to them.
Step 2: Place your fingers under your breast, your thumb along the side, and lift it up and forward. With your opposite arm, pull your baby close to you, tilt the head back slightly and tickle their lips with your nipple until he they open their mouth wide.
Step 3: Tilt the head forward placing his upper jaw deeply onto your breast; the goal is to get your nipple as far back into the mouth as possible. Keep your fingers under your breast to help your baby stay latched on correctly.
Problem #2: Mom Cannot Breastfeed While At Work
Once your maternity leave is over and you have to go back to work, you might be panicking about how you will continue to feed your baby naturally. Expressing your milk through a breast pump can make your life much easier. In just a few minutes, you can express your milk each morning (or the night before) and store them in bottles for your baby to have them whilst you are away. Find a variety of manual and electric breast pumps here.
Problem #3: Not Enough Milk
It’s true that you cannot take care of your baby without taking care of yourself first. If you are not eating right, your body won’t be able to create enough milk to cater for your growing baby’s needs. Try out our breastfeeding nutrition plan, or stock up on the best foods for breastfeeding to increase your milk quantity and quality. It is also important to make sure that you are feeding your baby or expressing your milk regularly. The more your body receives signals that the milk is needed, the more milk will be produced. If your feeding timings are irregular, your body will not know how much or when to produce milk.
Problem #4: Sore or Cracked Nipples
Incorrect positioning and latching can lead to cracked nipples, which can be very sore and uncomfortable for the mom. A simple salt water rinse (1/2 teaspoon salt in 1 cup water) after each breastfeeding session can relieve pain, promote wound healing, and prevent infection. Using disposable breastfeeding pads in between feeding is also a great way of cushioning your breasts and protecting them from any friction.