Many Mothers Have Breastfeeding Difficulties

One of the reasons many mothers have decided breastfeeding isn’t the best way to nourish a newborn is that unexpected problems can make breastfeeding harder than it should be. It’s natural to breastfeed. Even so, newer mothers may not have strengthened tissue around their nipples, which can make nursing very uncomfortable.

However, if you switch to formula, your baby won’t develop in as healthy a way as would otherwise be the case. Also, your own health will be negatively impacted.

Breastfeeding helps your body return to the shape it was in prior to your pregnancy, and helps you be more healthy overall. Even so, there are some issues you may want to prepare for. Consider the following common challenges.

Sore Or Raw Nipples

If you’ve never breastfed before, it can take a little while for your nipples to become acclimated to constant feedings. The big issue is that breastfeeding is healthiest for you and your newborn. There are safe treatment options. Petroleum jelly solutions like vaseline can soothe sore nipples, so also can expressed breast milk, coconut oil, or lanolin.

As you heal, you can use breast pumps to collect milk so your newborn doesn’t lose any nutrition. As you nurse, your nipples will toughen up naturally, but this can take time. It’s generally advised that you breastfeed for a minimum of six months, though it’s healthy to breastfeed for up to two years.

If you’re regularly feeding your new child for months or years, your body has plenty of time to adapt. That’s something easier to imagine than to push through. Also, there are situations where no real remedy exists. If an infant is born with a tooth, which does happen sometimes, that’s going to make things very uncomfortable.

There are situations where your best bet is simply committing to pumping and feeding with a bottle. Though this isn’t as healthy as conventional breastfeeding, it’s a better option than using formula.

Low Milk Supply Or Engorgement

Sometimes your own diet produces less milk. Other times, varying factors contribute to breasts becoming engorged with milk. Breast engorgement is common after pregnancy. Expressing the milk using breast pumps avoids wasting excess production.

For low production of breastmilk, incorporating more multi-grains into your diet can help immensely. When conventional solutions fail to fix the issue, your next step is seeking medical attention, which we’ll cover shortly.

Fungal Infection Or Mastitis From Clogged Milk Ducts

Sometimes engorgement, soreness, and other factors combine together until breasts become inflamed with mastitis. Here’s a resource that can help you secure reliable and professional mastitis treatment. The same site can act as a resource for issues surrounding sore nipples, engorgement, or low milk supply.

Certain conditions can become serious without proper treatment, and it’s very important you’re not unable to nourish your newborn child. That said, medical options for breastfeeding issues have the advantage of history behind them. Many remedies exist, provided you’re willing to seek them out.

Overcoming Common Issues With Breastfeeding

Fungal infection can develop owing to clogged milk ducts, and may result as a complication associated with sore nipples. Mastitis is treatable, you do want to determine if that’s what you’re dealing with.

Low milk supply or engorgement can be equally problematic in different ways, but there are many easy remedies in terms of diet or milk expression.

Lastly, sore or raw nipples can be very uncomfortable, but there are therapeutic solutions and collateral options in feeding through breast pumps. The key is, when conventional solutions fail, don’t avoid seeking out professional assistance.


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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