OUCH! My aching  boobs!

If you’re breastfeeding and things feel, well, a bit uncomfortable, here’s what to look out for – and what to do about it.

The most natural thing in the world? With a bit of luck, every breastfeeding mother experiences times of intense satisfaction and bonding with their offspring. But sadly, for most, these happy moments will be peppered with times of intense discomfort, often escalating into painful issues you need to seek treatment for. Here is a rundown of some of the most common breastfeeding problems, and their fixes.

Latching on

In the moments following birth, your baby is programmed to seek the breast. If you’ve had a relatively problem-free birthing experience, you will be encouraged to adopt a semi-reclined position with your naked baby fairly high on your bare chest, a perfect position for effective latching. This “skin-to-skin” position has a host of benefits for both of you, and baby should eventually wriggle down to find your breast and latch on without needing much assistance. Unfortunately, when birth has not been straightforward due to interventions, Caesarean delivery, or other complications, skin-to-skin contact may be delayed or even impossible. In this case, a breastfeeding mother may need to express milk to feed her baby and stimulate her milk production. The services of a specialised lactation consultant are essential if this is the case. SUBSCRIBE HERE AND READ THE FULL STORY

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