It may take a few weeks for you and your baby to get used to breastfeeding. Keep working at it, and pretty soon, you and your baby will be just fine. Below are some common issues that breastfeeding mothers face and how to deal with them.
If your breasts feel heavy or full, it is probably time for another feeding. Feeding your baby should relieve this feeling.
Your nipples may become sore if your baby latches on to your breast improperly. To avoid sore nipples: Make sure your baby takes your breasts properly when feeding.
- Use warm water, without soap, when washing your breasts
- Rub a little breast milk on your nipples after each feeding and then let your nipples air
- If your nipples continue to feel sore, call your doctor or our Baby Partners line at 866-500-4571 (TTY 711)
Clogged milk ducts
After your body produces breast milk, it is stored in tubes, called milk ducts, until it is time to feed your baby. Sometimes, your milk ducts may get clogged, causing a small, tender lump in your breast. To relieve the discomfort from a clogged milk duct:
- Breastfeed your baby
- Change your baby’s breastfeeding position
- Gently rub or massage the lump
- Take a warm shower
- Wear a good-fitting nursing bra
If the lump does not go away after you have tried all of these options or if you have a fever, call your doctor or our Baby Partners line at 866-500-4571 (TTY 711).