What are the 3 most common breastfeeding problems?

Many new breastfeeding families are faced with common breastfeeding problems. It is really important to touch base with a IBCLC to ask for help as soon as possible to prevent a bigger issue from occurring.

In IBCLC world we know that as long as the issue has been about is as long as it takes to fix with most common breastfeeding problems.

The most common issues are:

  • Sore or cracked nipples- normally to do with position- breastfeeding is not meant to be painful. So if your toes are curling, your shoulders are up around your ears and your baby is damaging your nipples in a nipple cripple then time to seek help.


  • Not enough milk- most mums are worried their baby is not getting enough milk. Knowing how many wet and dirty nappies are day your baby should have can give you early confidence that your milk supply is enough. Hearing your baby swallow, Skin to skin, baby wearing all nurture milk supply.


  • Breast engorgement- this is when your breasts are full and swollen and painful. It can occur in the days following birth as your breasts swell with milk. The skin will feel tight and shiny- like your forehead. It can also mean your baby is not latching and draining the milk competently when feeding. If it does not settle down as your supply adjusts to your baby feeding its time to seek health. A swollen breast will make the nipple and areola area flatter- this means your baby may have a shallow latch, leading to smaller milk transfer.

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[ARTICLE] Essential Baby: January 11th 2017: The breastfeeding photo that says it all.

Amanda Bude, a midwife from Groovy Babies, says it’s common for women to feel elated when their baby finally starts feeding, especially if it doesn’t come easily at first.

“It’s like winning a gold medal!” she says – because establishing breastfeeding is often far more difficult than mums expect it to be.

Amanda says there are many factors that can contribute to these difficulties.

These include having a complicated delivery, past breastfeeding troubles, and a lack of support.

To combat breastfeeding issues, Amanda says education is key.

Before having your baby she recommends antenatal breastfeeding classes – both for yourself, and your partner.

She also advises seeking support through positive breastfeeding groups on social media, and joining groups such as the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

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