We feel confident that as a breastfeeding mama, you’ve had at least one of these questions:
- Am I making enough milk?
- Why the heck do my breasts hurt?
- How am I going to fix any of this?
- Am I doing this right?
You’re not alone! We’re here to help. As a group of mamas, we know how you’re feeling. As nurses and IBCLCs, we’re here to offer you knowledge and relief. Below are five common concerns we’ve helped many mamas overcome.
Keep reading because you need some relief.
Suppose you’re worried about your supply, no fear. Breastmilk supply is essential for a healthy baby. Breastmilk supply is something that should grow with your baby. You may have low supply if you see any of these signs. However, if you find yourself facing any of these issues, read this list of ways you can increase your supply.
Webster’s Dictionary definition of pain should include the pain of an incorrectly latched baby because ouch. Latch is essential to establishing and growing your breastmilk supply while keeping you comfortable. Read more about a good latch and other tips.
Engorgement is when the breast becomes swollen with milk and edema. It’s most common in the first couple of weeks after giving birth; still, there are several relief methods you can try (see blog post).
Plugged ducts are when quite literally, your breastmilk ducts become “plugged” or blocked by fluid; this causes issues, including pain and potentially mastitis. I have several suggestions to unplug a duct so we can get you on your way.
Mastitis is possibly one of the most feared conditions in a breastfeeding mama. Mastitis is when the mammary gland swells, typically due to a bacterial infection in the breast. Mastitis is painful, can cause fever, chills, and typically requires antibiotics to resolve the issue. Read up on mastitis.