Common Breastfeeding Problems

Is breastfeeding natural? YES!

Does breastfeeding always come naturally to Moms? NO!

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Getting to know the common breastfeeding problems, can help to prepare you for an awesome breastfeeding experience!

The primary key to successful breastfeeding is realizing when you need help and then getting it, either by finding out as much as you can online, talking to a lactation consultant.

The more prepared you are for breastfeeding once your baby is born, the more likely you will have a great breastfeeding experience.

Some of the above common breastfeeding problems can cause a low milk supply or cause a mother to think that she has a low supply. If you are a new mom, please remember that supplementing your breast milk with formula in the first few days is not necessary.

Your baby has a tiny tummy and does not need much. Your breasts produce a small amount of concentrated fluid, called colostrum during the first few days, and this is all that your baby needs. As your baby's requirements increase, your breasts start to produce mature milk and in larger quantities.

Maximize your Chances of being Successful at Breastfeeding

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  • Breastfeed your baby right after birth. Your baby should stay in the same room as you so that you can breastfeed on demand.
  • Instruct the nurses at the hospital that you do not wish your baby to be supplemented with formula. Print a crib card that explains this to them. 
  • Try not to use a bottle for the first month; this will ensure that you breastfeed effectively. If you cannot breastfeed your baby during the early days, you can always cup feed your baby to avoid nipple confusion.
  • Avoid using a pacifier: Using a pacifier can sometimes cause early weaning and can also increase chances of ear infection.
  • Follow a well-balanced diet with sufficient calorie intake. Use our calorie calculator.     
  • If you can decide whether to give normal birth or cesarean, preferably choose natural birth. Natural childbirth will have your body and baby responding the way they should after birth.

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