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: Mastitis

Mastitis is a breast infection most common in the early weeks of breastfeeding or during periods of time when you're away from your baby, such as when you return to work or during the weaning process.
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Care Plan: Plugged Ducts

Remember the milk ducts in your breasts? They're the ducts that carry milk down to the pores in your nipples and, ultimately, into your baby's mouth. Well, like a kitchen-sink pipe they can become plugged, causing a lump or hard area on your breast that feels sensitive.
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Care Plan: What if Early Breastfeeding is Not Going Perfectly?

So you've fed early and often, you've limited the separation between you and your baby, you've followed the tips for latching—you've done everything that all of the books, websites and instructors have suggested, but you still have a sense that your baby isn't feeding effectively. Where do you go from here?
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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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Care Plan: What to Do if Your Baby is Not Getting Enough Overall

Making sure your baby is getting enough breast milk overall is very important in the first few weeks. If you feel she's not satiated or doing well on the breast, here's what to do.
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Care Plan: What to Do if Your Baby is Not Getting Enough at Each Feeding

One of the most common breastfeeding problems you might experience as a new mom is your newborn isn't getting a full feeding at your breast. Often it's because he falls asleep before finishing.
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