Early Difficulties Breastfeeding

  • Nurse frequently to prevent engorgement
  • Proper positioning and holds
  • Keep breasts free from moisture: Air dry after feedings; change nursing pads often; avoid ointments
  • Nursing bra: Make certain to have the proper fit for your bra. A bra that is too tight can contribute to the development of mastitis

Don't become overwhelmed if you are facing one (or even more) of the breastfeeding challenges listed above. With proper care and a "can do" attitude you can forge ahead through these first few weeks and then obtain a rewarding experience for you and your child. Before becoming discouraged to the point of giving up, surround yourself with excellent reading material, a strong support system, and the phone numbers of lactation consultants (or the local La Leche League) in your area. Enjoy! It's worth every minute!

Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!

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