Common Breastfeeding Complications


As much as I would like to tell a new Breastfeeding Mom that it’s going to be a breeze, that is not always the case. There may (and often many times are) hurdles you will have to overcome.


breastfeeding (Photo credit: sdminor81)

Some common complications include:
-Sore nipples
-Low Supply
-Plugged Ducts
-Fungal Infections
– Nursing strikes
-Inverted or Flat nipples
-Health Problems or Special Situations
-Lack of Support

Now I know that list seems long and scary but don’t let it overwhelm you, as with most problems there are solutions. I will go through common fixes to some of these issues and provide resources for the ones I don’t cover.

Sore nipples can often times be soothed by using Lanolin or when you are done nursing express a little milk and rub it into the nipple and areola.Some ways to avoid the problem include making sure that your little one has a good latch and also avoid wearing bras that are too tight.

English: breast shell for breastfeeding mother...

English: breast shell for breastfeeding mothers: collects excess milk from idle breast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Engorgement can be really uncomfortable and can unfortunately lead to plugged milk ducts. Ways to resolved by feeding often and using cold compresses. To avoid engorgement problems be sure to get plenty of rest, get good nutrition and drink lots of fluids. If the problem persists you may need to see a lactation consultant.

If you feel you need to speak to or see a lactation consultant you can find one in your area by visiting the International Lactation Consultant Association website.

Lack of support from Family and Friends is unfortunately one of the most common problems mothers face. There are often groups you can join to interact with other breastfeeding mothers. Sometimes even your local WIC office has peer counselors to provide support.

If you are looking for a breastfeeding group there are La Leche League groups you can join. From there website you can also visit their Help pages, Mother to Mother Forums and even purchase books, nursing supplies and so much more.

As I’ve said before, there often times are problems you will encounter in your breastfeeding journey. Just listen to your heart, stick to your guns and remember that you are giving your baby the best. I have breastfed all four of my babies and it was worth it every time!


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