7 helpful hints for solving breastfeeding problems

1) Breastfeeding has to be learned
Breastfeeding doesn’t necessarily come naturally. For most mothers, it has to be learned. Some babies and their mothers learn quickly, others take a little longer. So if you’re having difficulties with breastfeeding, ask for help from Lunatots. Lots of mothers have the same problem. With a bit of help, you and your baby will enjoy breastfeeding.

2) Getting baby attached properly and in the right position
Getting baby in just the right position and attached properly is important for successful breastfeeding. If feeding hurts, your baby is almost certainly not “on the breast” or “attached” properly.

3) How often does my baby need to feed
It’s best to feed whenever your baby seems hungry. When your baby is new, feed at least 8 times in 24 hours including during the night. As he grows his needs will changed and you may find that he doesn’t need to be fed as often. Your baby will go through days where he will feed more often. This is normal.

4) Do I have enough milk?
Sometimes mothers feel that they don’t have enough milk or that their milk is not good enough. Be reassured. Your milk is the perfect food for your baby. If you feel that your baby wants more, let her feed as long or as often as she likes. The more your baby sucks, the more milk you will make. Sometimes babies just need more feeds for a few days. A totally breastfeed baby is getting enough milk if he or she has six to eight pale wet cloth nappies every 24 hours or 5 heavily wet disposable, is gaining some weight and seems alert and reasonably content.

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5) Sore breast and blocked milk ducts
When you first start making milk, your breasts may feel very full and uncomfortable. If a milk duct becomes blocked, your breast may become sore. The milk banks up, and part of your breast may become tender, hardened and reddish. It can be caused by your baby not sucking properly or not being well positioned at the breast, a tight bra or clothing, or over-fullness of the breast. Try feeding your baby more frequently or feeding in slightly different position. Gently massage the sore part from behind and towards the nipple during the feed and if you need to, use a cold pack afterwards. If you feel unwell or if the problems persist for more than 24 hours, you need to see your doctor.

6) Sore nipples
It’s normal for your nipples to be sensitive in the first few days of breastfeeding but they will get better. Wash them only with water, soaps or shampoo will dry them out. A little breastmilk on the nipple after each feed and allowed to air can help sore or dry nipples. If your nipples become very sore or cracked you baby may not be attaching properly when feeding.

7) Where to get help
Lunatots can help you solve your breastfeeding problems. Just like riding a bike or driving a car, it takes practise and support to learn to breastfeed. Remember, if it hurts something is not right and you may need help. Seek help early with any difficulties. We are here to help you.