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October 30, 2019

common breastfeeding concerns after birth

Giving birth is already really hard and then you add the frustrations of feeding your baby on top of it, that can be a lot! Breastfeeding is one of those things that unless you put the work into it, it may not work. There are quite a few different things that can impact your breastfeeding journey within minutes of giving birth. 


Latch pain

This one is is pretty common as once baby is born they are trying to figure breastfeeding out as are you and until you two can figure it out together, it's going to be uncomfortable. Most likely if  latch continues to be painful after a minute or two babies position may be the cause. Try moving baby around to a different position and see if that helps as making baby comfortable may make them more relaxed making breastfeeding feel more comfortable. 


Clogged ducts

Breastfeeding can be uncomfortable and it can be even more uncomfortable when you have an aching pain in your breast and you have no idea how to make it stop. Sometimes if I don't pump or nurse after a certain amount of time my breasts will feel sore and ill feel a tender area on my breast and it hurts to touch. I really like using gel packs that you can heat up in the microwave and place on your chest to relieve that super sore feeling. You can also freeze them and rotating the heat and cold really does help. Not only that but massage feels great as does a warm shower hitting the area. If you start showing other symptoms with your pain such as a fever or nausea consider reaching out to your health care provider as it could be an infection. Trust your gut and pay attention to your body.


High milk supply

There is nothing more rewarding then having a great milk supply! Trust me I have been on both sides and it feels good knowing that I have been able to pump all that I need while nursing my baby but it sucks when your milk supply is so high it becomes uncomfortable. Your boobs are leaking, they are heavy and achy and when you try to nurse it seems like you are drowning your baby with milk which makes not only baby uncomfortable but you as well. One thing that I can suggest that works for me is pumping an hour or so before I nurse. Now you can do what you feel is best for you because everyone is different but by getting some of the milk out before a feed seems to make the flow go a bit slower making it more comfortable for everyone.


Low milk supply

Some have a super high milk supply but there are so many who have a low supply which can be very frustrating and overwhelming. This can be very discouraging but keep pumping and having baby do skin to skin contact to encourage milk production and keep it regular.


Remember every baby is different and every mama is different so never compare yourself or your story to anyone else's! You are doing the best that you can and never be afraid to ask for help because breastfeeding is super tough work! 




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