I'm Struggling with Breastfeeding: Can You Help?

Jan 17, 2024

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Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for new moms, but it can also be challenging. That's where our caring team at Angel Kids Pediatrics comes in. With multiple office locations in Jacksonville, Amelia Island, and Saint Johns, Florida, we offer a range of resources to support your breastfeeding journey. Whether you need an in-person or virtual consultation, we're here to help. 

Breastfeeding consultations are crucial for the well-being of both mother and baby. With the guidance of professionals who specialize in breastfeeding, you'll find nursing easier and more fulfilling.

Whether you're pregnant and curious about breastfeeding or already a mother and unsure if you're using the best positioning techniques with your nursing newborn, don't worry: We're here to explain what a breastfeeding consultation entails, and provide the support you need.

Common breastfeeding problems

Do you need help with breastfeeding? Here are some common problems and practical solutions to alleviate them.

Your baby doesn't latch well

Several factors, including premature birth and jaundice, can affect a baby's ability to stay alert and coordinate the necessary suck-swallow-breathe actions. A mother's medicines or mechanical issues like tongue-tie, cleft lip, or cleft palate can further interfere with a baby's ability to breastfeed successfully.

While determining the cause of the problem may not always be straightforward, it's crucial to recognize the signs that indicate your baby is struggling to remove milk effectively during breastfeeding. 

Consult with your baby's healthcare provider at Angel Kids Pediatrics to help identify any health or mechanical issues that may be affecting the feeding process. Together, you can explore steps and solutions to ensure your baby is getting the nourishment they need.

Breast engorgement

Feed your baby often and get expert guidance on breast massage and milk expression to prevent engorgement. If you're experiencing engorgement, relieve pressure and discomfort by pumping or hand-expressing breast milk.

Sore nipples

Breastfeeding should be a pain-free experience for most women. However, it's not uncommon to experience breast tenderness and sore nipples, especially in the first week. The good news is that there are practical solutions to ease these discomforts.

One of the major causes of nipple soreness is poor feeding techniques or the wrong position of the baby while breastfeeding. When you seek help from a breastfeeding specialist, you can ensure a proper latch and resolve this issue quickly. 

Sometimes, nipple soreness may occur without a clear cause. However, a simple adjustment in your baby's feeding position can make a big difference in reducing soreness. For example, gently inserting a finger into the side of their mouth can break the suction and help your baby learn to let go.

It's also important to consider the moisture level of your skin. Bras made from synthetic fabrics can cause moisture to collect, leading to discomfort. To alleviate this problem, opt for breathable fabrics and avoid excessive sweating. 

Using harsh soaps and lotions that strip away natural skin oils can cause dry skin. Instead, try using olive oil, expressed milk, or lanolin-containing ointments to soothe dry or cracked nipples.  

Milk supply concerns

It's quite rare for mothers to have a low milk supply. If you're concerned about your baby's growth, however, talk to their healthcare provider about supplementing with formula.

Your milk supply is determined by your baby's needs. To maintain a healthy supply, try frequent feedings, getting enough rest, eating well, and staying hydrated. Rest easy knowing that most women have no trouble producing enough milk for their little ones. 

By addressing these common breastfeeding problems with practical solutions, you can have a smoother and more enjoyable breastfeeding experience. Reach out to professionals who can guide you through these challenges and give you valuable advice.

Breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding may seem exhausting at the beginning, but with the right preparation and support, it can become a breeze. And don't worry if problems arise. Seeking expert help can swiftly address any issues that come your way.

Discover the joy and ease of breastfeeding with the proper knowledge and support. Talk to experienced providers who understand your concerns and can offer practical solutions. 

At Angel Kids Pediatrics, we’re committed to helping you provide your baby with the best in nutrition and comfort. With our knowledge and experience, we can work together to help find solutions for any breastfeeding difficulties.  

Together, we'll ensure your baby gets the nourishment they need while keeping them as comfortable and happy as possible. Our goal is to make every breastfeeding journey a successful one! Contact Angel Kids Pediatrics today at 904-224-KIDS (5437) or book an appointment online for expert guidance any time.