3 Common Nursing Problems New Mothers Face
Just like pregnancy and birth, nursing is not an easy process. To many mothers, it is both painful and stressful at first. Additionally, given the fact that breast milk is associated with healthier brain development, there can also be immense social pressure surrounding the breastfeeding process. It is important for new moms to understand that the hard work doesn’t necessarily end with birth, and that facing challenges during breastfeeding is incredibly common.
Below are three common nursing problems that new mother’s face. If you experience any of these or any challenges not listed here, don’t stress. Just call your doctor to discuss your experience and together, you will be able to find a solution to feed your little one.
A Bad Latch Leading to Sore Nipples
Latching struggles are normal, but what many women don’t realize is that a bad latch can actually be painful. Even when babies latch well naturally it will take awhile for your nipples to adjust to the fact that they are now feeding someone. Sore nipples do not mean that you are doing something wrong or that you are failing to feed your child, all it means is that both you and baby will take some time to adjust to this new dynamic. Your nipples can be sore for days at a time, but things will eventually get easier.
Milk-Ejection (or forceful letdowns)
Too much milkflow can actually cause your child to cough or sputter. Again, it is not unusual, but it is an important thing for mothers to be aware of, because ultimately breastfeeding should be a positive experience for both you and your child. If your breast begins releasing too much milk at once, unlatch your baby and let some of the milk spill into a cloth. Once the flow slows down, it will be time to feed your baby again.
When your breasts are too full of milk, they can become sore and painful to the touch. It is an unusual sensation for women who are not used to it, but the feeling is meant to signal you that your breasts are full. It is incredibly common during the first few weeks of breastfeeding, so don’t panic if the pain doesn’t go away quickly. In order to make yourself more comfortable, try laying on a cool compress or massaging access milk out whenever you need to.
Remember that breastfeeding is a journey. Some days will be easier than others, so don’t panic when you hit a roadblock. Everyone hits them, and you will absolutely find your way around it. Just focus on bonding with your baby, take healthy steps, and everything will work out beautifully.