Breastfeeding Problems

Breastfeeding Problems

  • Top Tips for successful breastfeeding and avoiding potential problems
  • Sore nipples
  • Blocked milk ducts and mastitis
  • Breast refusal
  • Low milk supply
  • Oversupply
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    Top Tips for successful breastfeeding and avoiding potential problems

  • Begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth. Babies are very alert after birthing and eager to suckle. Your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) will be able to assist you. Besides helping both of you adjust to breastfeeding, frequent and early breastfeeding also helps increase your milk supply.
  • Offer your baby your breast whenever they shows signs of hunger, this may be every 1 to 3 hours to start with. Have your baby with you as much as possible following the birth, that way you’ll see and hear their signs of hunger and can attend to them quickly. Signs of hunger to look out for may include increased alertness or activity; turning their head searching for your breast; sucking their fist, sticking out their tongue or opening and closing their mouth.
  • Try to relax during breastfeeds, and avoid too many distractions. It’s a great time to watch your baby, touch and stroke their skin – not only is this calming but is a great bonding activity.
  • Avoid using additional water or formula as this may interfere with your milk supply. If you feel baby needs extra fluid, try breastfeeding your baby more often.
  • Your midwife or LMC will schedule regular visits after the birth to assist you with any breastfeeding or other concerns with your new baby.
  • Ask for help and support. Women who are supported and encouraged to breastfeed will usually be more successful than those who don’t ask for help or have little support from relatives and friends. Talk to your GP, midwife or Tamariki Ora nurse about breastfeeding support options.
  • Seek help and advice if you plan to go back to work. Returning to work may require a slight change to your routine but definitely doesn’t mean you need to stop breastfeeding all together. Good planning and support from your friends, family and workplace are important ingredients for continued successful breastfeeding.

  • Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until around six months of age for healthy term infants – meaning only breast milk and no other foods or drinks. Breastmilk is nature’s perfect food and will provide your baby with all the nutrition they need. After the introduction of solid foods, breast milk will still be a major source of nutrition for your baby1.

Breastfeed Problems