Breastfeeding Problems & Solutions

You want the best for your healthcare – so do we. Our team focuses on every aspect of your pregnancy and postpartum care including your breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding is exactly that: a journey, filled with many ups and downs. Having the right tools in your tool belt and having a supportive team behind you can make all the difference! 

Every person’s breastfeeding experience is different, and you will not always have the same challenges as the next person. No matter what problem you experience, it is important to remember that it is always okay to ask for help. That is exactly what we are here for after all!

Common Breastfeeding Challenges 

  • Sore nipples

Tender, uncomfortable feeling when first breastfeeding

  • Low milk supply

Producing low amounts of milk 

  • Engorgement

Breasts become hard and painful because they are too full 

  • Plugged duct

Sore lump in the breast that is caused by milk duct not draining properly

  • Nursing Strike

Baby refuses to breastfeed

  • Breast and nipple size and shape

Different breast and nipple sizes will need different adjustments to make breastfeeding easier for them

To help our clients with these and many other challenges, we work with Lactation Consultant, Jennifer Chivas RN, BSN, IBCLC. She is a true breastfeeding expert and is a great resource for all of our families. Jennifer teaches our class Breastfeeding: A Great Start. This class takes place every other month, and it is the perfect opportunity for our clients to meet and form a relationship with her and ask all of their questions surrounding breastfeeding. The class prepares you for a great start in breastfeeding. 

In this class you learn:

  • What to Expect
  • The Benefits of Nursing
  • Different Positions & Latch Techniques
  • How to Establish & Maintain Milk Supply
  • Milk Collection & Storage
  • Ensuring Your Baby is Getting Enough
  • How to Conquer Common Challenges
  • Returning to Work
  • Infant Sleep Patterns
  • Pro Tips for Success

We understand that before birth, your mind is focused on giving birth and bringing your baby earthside, and then once your baby is here, your mind shifts, and feeding your baby becomes a top priority. That is why we also have Jennifer there to assist with postpartum assessments after birth. During this time, she can help mothers with latching questions and assess the baby for any oral tether issues or dysfunctions. 

Birthways Family Birth Center is here to support you and your family throughout this process. With the right education and support, you can overcome many breastfeeding challenges and achieve your goals. And something we like to always remind our families is that ‘fed is best!’ As long as your baby is fed and both you and baby are healthy, that is all that matters. 

If you are experiencing breastfeeding challenges or want to sign up for our breastfeeding class, you can do so here!