It can be frustrating when you experience breastfeeding problems, especially when it's your first time. Most mothers have encountered problems at one point or another, so you're not alone. Here are four challenges you may face with solutions that have worked for moms:
1. Baby Bites
Your baby might enjoy using your breasts as a teething ring more than anything else. Once your baby's teeth start to come in, she will bite you. The habit will continue if you don't address it, and you'll want to so that you're not afraid to breastfeed because of the pain. Learn proper latching techniques to prevent your baby from biting. Babies cannot suck well and bite at the same time.
2. Baby Wants to Nurse All Day
Nursing your baby all day can be a challenge if you also have to make time for your other children, your spouse and your work. You also need time for housekeeping and to run errands. One reason why your baby may want you all the time is because she is fighting sickness. Your milk is a power tool to boost her immune system and help ward off illness. The best way to deal with it is to plan ahead. You won't always know when your baby needs to feed all the time, but there are times that are consistent to many babies. These are at three weeks old, six weeks old, three months old and six months old. Alter your family and work schedule during those times, and enlist your family for more help.
3. Lack of Sleep due to Breastfeeding at Night
One of the most common breastfeeding problems that many moms face is exhaustion because of nighttime nursing. Some babies will sleep through the night within the first few weeks of birth if you let them. Others wake up frequently to feed. One option is to get out of bed, feed your baby, and then lay her back to sleep. That will not solve your exhaustion issue though, and in fact it may make it worse. Another alternative is to let your baby sleep with you. Learn how to nurse laying on your side. You can fall asleep while the baby is nursing, and your baby can fall asleep when she's done.
4. Baby Doesn't Want to Feed
Perhaps nothing is more frustrating than when your baby refuses to breastfeed. You will feel stressed and worried about your baby getting enough calories and the nutrition she needs to stay healthy. That's a valid concern, and you should do what you can to solve this breastfeeding problem. One way to do that is to try different nursing positions. Your baby may prefer a different position and refuse to nurse otherwise.
You can overcome breastfeeding problems with a little patience and know-how. Ask an experienced mom for guidance or contact a consultant in your area if you need someone to observe you and give you more specific advice.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business.