Breastfeeding is not a task as easy as you might think it to be. It relies on several factors and you may have to take extra precaution or measures to make it a comfortable experience for your baby. It can be difficult at times, and that is alright.
Remember that you aren't the only one who is experiencing this, and there is always a solution. Be strong throughout and do not hesitate to seek help as and when required.
Here are a few problems that you may encounter while breastfeeding, including ways to tackle them successfully:
1. Latching on and the accompanying pain
Initially, when the baby latches on to the mother’s breast, it may hurt. The nipple area is extremely sensitive and tender. This being said, you should not feel outright pain. Pain in the start is indicative of the baby not getting enough breast room in their mouth. To avoid or minimize this, make sure that your baby’s chin is pressed into your breast and their mouth is wide open before latching on. Also, take care that you do not press your hand behind their head, which may cause them certain discomfort.
2. Constant nursing
Since the baby is completely dependent on the mother for their feeding, it is almost exhausting for her to feed the baby, that too several times a day. But you ought to remember that an average baby has a really small stomach and hence requires constant nursing. Imagine you having the task of increasing your weight two fold in the next 6 months - that is exactly what your baby is going through. Don't fret - this phase doesn't last a long time and usually, you won't have to nurse your baby 24*7!
3. Low supply of milk
This might happen in the first week after your delivery. After a while, as and when your body gets adjusted to your baby’s feeding schedules, you will produce more milk than you did before. The golden rule you have to remember is that the more your baby feeds, the more milk you are going to produce. Also, keep up a good balanced diet. Here are some foods that might help you boost your breastmilk supply.
4. Sore nipples and swelling in the surrounding region
Breast feeding often causes your nipples to crack or become sore. At times, there can also be swelling around your nipples which you need to pay attention to. Talk to your doctor about the same and take the medications that they prescribes and also take other precautions to make sure that you do not get any kind of infection because that might be fatal for your baby too. Here are some tips on how to deal with them.
5. Baby spitting up/Vomiting
Babies may or may not understand what amount of milk is enough for them, which may lead to them spitting up the milk once in awhile. This is a natural phenomenon and can be avoided by taking certain measures. After you are done feeding your little one, hold them upright against your chest and massage their backs slowly, until they burp. This will make sure that the milk that they have consumed does not come out so easily. Also, if this keeps happening, then maybe you should feed your baby, a little lesser than what you normally did. Here are ways to ensure your babies don't spit up their milk.