5 Common Breastfeeding Problems & How to Solve Them

Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural way to nourish your baby, but it can also come with its fair share of challenges. From engorgement to nipple damage, many moms experience common breastfeeding problems that can make the journey a bit more difficult. But fear not! We have some solutions for you.

1. Engorged Breasts

One of the most common breastfeeding problems is engorgement, which occurs when your breasts become overly full and swollen with milk. This can be uncomfortable and even painful. To relieve engorgement, feed often but avoid pumping if you can to allow your supply to regulate to your baby’s needs. Try sleeping without a restrictive bra (a Lifesaver Mat on your bed can help protect your mattress if you’re worried about leaking!) and avoid hot showers directly on your breasts. Over time, your supply will likely regulate and you will feel more comfortable.

Soft, absorbent, and waterproof, Lifesaver Mats are here for your leaky nights.

2. Nipple Damage from Breastfeeding

Nipple damage is another issue that many breastfeeding moms face. Sore or cracked nipples can make nursing a painful experience. To help heal nipple damage, consider using Lil Helper Hera Breastpads with stay dry bamboo material as well. These breastpads are gentle on sensitive skin and provide a protective barrier between your nipples and clothing. They are designed with the most comfortable concave shape and the wicking bamboo material, unlick cotton or disposable pads, won’t stick to damaged skin. When you can, open air is also your best friend for fast healing.

3. Low Milk Supply

If you're struggling with low milk supply, don't worry - you're not alone! Many moms face this challenge at some point during their breastfeeding journey. There are several tips you can try to increase your breastmilk supply:

  • Ensure you're drinking enough water throughout the day.
  • Nurse or pump frequently to stimulate milk production.
  • Consider adding galactagogues (foods or herbs that promote milk production) to your diet, such as fenugreek or oatmeal.
  • Get plenty of rest and take care of yourself physically and emotionally.

Remember, every mom's body is different, so what works for one may not work for another. Be patient with yourself and seek support from lactation consultants or breastfeeding groups if needed.

4. Poor Latch while Breastfeeding

A proper latch is crucial for successful breastfeeding and preventing nipple pain. If you're struggling to get a good latch with your baby, try different holds and positions until you find one that works best for both of you. Experiment with different breastfeeding pillows or props to help support your baby in a comfortable position.

5. Strong Letdown and Heavy Supply

Some moms experience a strong letdown reflex and have an abundant milk supply. While this may seem like a blessing, it can also lead to discomfort and leakage during nighttime feedings. To manage this, consider using Lil Helper Overnight Hera Breastpads. These breastpads are designed with extra absorbency to handle heavy milk flow, ensuring you stay dry throughout the night.

Got a big oversupply, freezer stash, and a great big heart? Consider donating your breastmilk to a milk bank like NorthernStar. It’s rewarding and so helpful to other mom’s and babes.

Breastfeeding can be challenging at times, but with the right tools and support, you can overcome these common problems. Remember to be patient with yourself and reach out for help when needed. Happy nursing!

Note: We recommend consulting with a healthcare professional or lactation consultant for personalized advice on breastfeeding issues.

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