Having a child is one of the most amazing things you will experience in life. It can also be a stressful time, especially if you are experiencing lactation problems. These problems are more common than you might think, which is why it’s important to speak with your doctor or a lactation expert when you notice something is wrong. Breastfeeding problems, depending on their severity, can be solved quite easily. Today, the team from Birth Song Botanicals will examine three lactation problems and how to solve them so you feel more comfortable with your situation.
Low Milk Supply
One of the most common problems that women come across when breastfeeding, and this includes first-time moms and experienced moms, is having a low milk supply. For just about one week after the birth of your baby, your body will produce milk with no regard for the demand. After that initial week, your body produces milk based on demand. Low breast milk production often happens when you struggle to breastfeed or if you have been separated from your child for an extended period. An excellent solution for low milk supply is to begin pumping. This tells your body that there is a demand for milk.
Blocked Milk Duct
Many moms often suffer from a blocked milk duct, which can become infected. This is what’s known as mastitis. There are times when the duct clogs and then unclogs itself so quickly that you never notice there was a problem. Then there are times where the clog remains and leads to infection. If you come down with mastitis you will suffer from a low-grade fever, the spot on the breast will be warm to the touch, and you will feel tender near the clogged duct. Should you suspect you have mastitis, take a warm compress and massage the area of the breast prior to breastfeeding. If the situation doesn’t resolve itself within 24 to 48 hours, you will need to see your doctor regarding alternative treatment options.
Difficulty Getting Started
We have left the most common problem for last in today’s post. Why? Because almost every single mom who has tried breastfeeding has had difficulty getting started. You might have difficulty getting started because you are too tired from delivery. Or, the two of you are separated because the baby is in the NICU. Either way, it might take a little while to get going. Be sure not to get discouraged. It will happen. Talk to your friends and family members who breastfed their children to find out what they did to get things started. Any advice is good advice.