Breastfeeding is the most appropriate way of providing nutrition to a baby. It protects him from various infections and allergies and promotes physiological, motor-mental and psycho-social growth and development. Breast milk also provides the initial nutrition required to strengthen the immune system.
The World Health Organization recommends that an infant must be exclusively breastfedfor about six months. This can be followed by additional diet as per the country you belong to. However, many new mothers face breastfeeding problems in the first few days of nursing. These can range from no milk supply to gorged breasts and latching problems.
Though most problems such as low milk supply or gorged breasts get resolved in about a week after delivery, some women might face these breastfeeding problems for a longer duration. There are several ways of overcoming breastfeeding problems. If you are not able to feed your baby every 2-3 hours due to low milk supply, cracked or sore nipples, gorged breasts or infection in breasts, it is the best to consult an experienced lactation expert. Some tips to overcome breastfeeding problems include:
Consult your lactation expert or doctor if particular breastfeeding problems persist for a long time. Low weight gain by your baby is one of the signs of breastfeeding problems. This often means your baby is not getting adequate milk. It’s best to take professional help, so that your baby gets proper nutrition and you are comfortable while feeding your baby.
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