If you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby, you’ve made a great choice. Nursing your child gives your baby the essential nutrients they need for a healthy start. Plus, breastfeeding also offers protection against common health conditions and infections.
Breastfeeding may be a natural process, but it isn’t always easy. Our dedicated providers at The Center for Advanced Pediatrics in Darien and Norwalk, Connecticut, are here to help. Our team offers comprehensive breastfeeding support with expert help from lactation consultants, nurse practitioners, and pediatricians.
Since August is National Breastfeeding Month, this is the perfect time to talk about some common breastfeeding challenges and what you can do to overcome them and keep nursing.
One of the most common challenges new mothers face is latching problems. A good latch is key for preventing sore nipples and ensuring your baby gets enough milk. If you’re struggling to get your baby to latch on, it’s natural to feel frustrated.
Here are some ways to resolve latching issues:
If you’re struggling with latching problems, don’t wait to contact our lactation consultants at The Center for Advanced Pediatrics for personalized support and guidance.
If your nipples hurt, it’s difficult to breastfeed successfully. Sore nipples can occur for several reasons, including poor latching, “sliding” while feeding, problematic nursing positions, and issues with your baby’s tongue.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to prevent sore nipples:
If your nipples show signs of infection (e.g., leaking pus), talk to us immediately.
Many women find nursing in public a challenge. It can cause some anxiety, making it difficult to relax or get into a comfortable and effective nursing position. Here are some ways to make it more comfortable for you and your baby:
You may also find talking to other nursing mothers at a breastfeeding support group or class helpful.
Many nursing mothers worry about making enough milk for their babies to thrive. While most women don’t have an issue producing sufficient milk, it can take time for your milk supply to regulate. Here are some tips for increasing your milk supply:
Your provider at The Center for Advanced Pediatrics can provide additional personalized tips based on your needs.
It’s important to remember that every breastfeeding journey is unique. Don't wait to seek support if you’re experiencing persistent trouble or have ongoing concerns about nursing.
The Center for Advanced Pediatrics and Tiny Tummies Lactation Consultants have joined forces to give our breastfeeding moms around-the-clock support. This means you can get personalized help with breastfeeding issues 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Some of the breastfeeding concerns we address include:
We also help mothers return to work or manage medications while breastfeeding.
Get started by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone with a provider at The Center for Advanced Pediatrics.