Top tips for 5 common breastfeeding issues

In honour of World Breastfeeding Week, we spoke to both mothers and doctors to address some of the most common breastfeeding issues. It can be difficult at the beginning and 92% of new mums have at least 1 concern regarding breastfeeding, so know you’re not alone.

Top tips for 5 common
breastfeeding issues

 

1. Latching

The process by which the baby attaches to the breast so that they can successfully suck the milk from the breast without causing pain to the mother.

Latching

2. Clogged Ducts

Blocked milk that causes swollen and inflamed tissue around the passageway where milk flows from milk-producing cells to the nipple.

Clogged Ducts

3. Irregular Feeding

Often babies, especially at the beginning and during growth spurts, do not follow a regular feeding schedule.

Irregular feeding

4. Let-down

The release of milk as a response to a stimulus, usually from the child (ie. child crying).

Let-down

5. Nipple Issues

From cracked nipples to vasospasm, breastfeeding can come with a variety of nipple issues, many of which can be avoided with a proper latch (see #1).

nipple issues

Remember, be patient with yourself and your child, listen to your baby and your body, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

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GPDQ is the UK’s first on-demand app for private GP visits.

See a trusted, local doctor at your home, office or hotel within an average of 90 minutes in London. Available 8am – 11pm every day. Find out more