Parents always want to give their babies very best. When it comes to nutrition, there is nothing like breast milk. Although itís sound so easy to give breast milk to baby, for some women, there are always problems. Here are some problems that might happen and best solutions you might want to try if you face such problems below:
1. Problem: A common problem that majority of moms comes across while breastfeeding is difficulty in positioning baby and getting baby to "latch on" to breast correctly.
Solution: This problem generally arises when motherís breasts are fully engorged with milk. Engorgement makes breast hard and flattens nipples so baby has nothing to latch on. The methods that help reduce engorgement will soften breast allowing nipple to protrude. An easy way to solve to reduce engorgement is to nurse baby as frequently as possible. You may also consider expressing milk using electric or hand pumps. The expressed milk can be refrigerated and fed to baby later on. Wearing nipple shields half an hour before feeding baby may also make nipples protrude. If this problem still persists, you may squeeze end of breast lightly and offer nipple to baby.
2. Problem: Another common problem is insufficient milk production by moms.
Solution: To increase milk production, you can apply a warm compress to your breasts before feedings. Doing so will make let down reflex better. You may also massage your breasts during feedings. Another way to increase milk production is by feeding your baby frequently, at least every 2-3 hours. Doing so would stimulate more milk production. You may also consider pumping your breasts for five minutes when you are not feeding your baby to stimulate milk production. Furthermore, drink plenty of fluids, eat a well-balanced diet, and take time to relax throughout day and night. Lastly, avoid smoking as nicotine also decreases milk supply.