Common Challenges

Common Challenges

It’s 3AM and you are looking for a quick solution at your fingertips. Here you’ll find solutions to the most common breastfeeding challenges. What you’re going through is normal! You’re not alone—other moms have been through the same obstacles and we’re also here to help.

Care Plan: How to Increase Your Milk Supply

If your baby isn't getting enough at your breast, you can solve the situation. If you follow a plan of supplementing and pumping after each feeding, your overall milk supply will increase along with your flow, which is often causing the problem.
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Getting Breastfeeding Support from Mom

New mothers need breastfeeding support. But sometimes grandma can hinder more than help. Fortunately, a little coaching can help get the support relationship between you and your mother back on track. If you're a First Generation Breastfeeder, here’s how you can help mom help you.
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Care Plan: What to do if Your Baby Won’t Latch

What if your baby isn't latching at all? This is more common than you'd think, so don't worry if it happens. The problem can be caused by many factors, including your baby's mouth, your baby's suck or your nipples.
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Care Plan: Sore Nipples

While sore, cracked or bleeding nipples are common in the early days, if you feel your latches are good but your breasts are becoming more painful, there's a plan to help you through this tough time.
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Care Plan: Engorgement

Remember how sore and swollen your breasts were at the beginning of your pregnancy? Unfortunately, they might make a return appearance after your baby is born. Here's what you can do to ease engorgement.
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Care Plan: How to Use a Nipple Shield

Ideally, nipple shields should only be used when the breastfeeding problem is the latch, not your milk supply. If your milk supply is just enough or low, the nipple shield isn't the best answer to the latch problem. If this is the case, you'll have to keep pumping and supplementing until your supply increases.
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