Home > Babies and Toddlers > Babies > Feeding Your Baby > Breastfeeding > Breastfeeding Problems and Solutions
|

Breastfeeding Problems and Solutions

If you have never experienced any breastfeeding problems, you're one of the lucky ones. Almost every nursing mother has to deal with at least one breastfeeding-related issue, such as cracked nipples, engorgement, insufficient milk supply, mastitis, nipple pain, plugged ducts, and thrush. Unfortunately, many women abandon breastfeeding in the early weeks because of such problems. Fortunately, there are effective natural treatments that can usually overcome them. In this section,we will share the solutions that we have seen work best for nursing mothers.

Cracked Nipples
If your nipple skin is delicate and your baby enjoys marathon nursing sessions, you may end up with this painful problem. Buy a tube of pure lanolin ointment – most stores that sell breastfeeding supplies carry it – and keep a thin coating of ointment on your nipples whenever your baby isn't nursing. The good thing about lanolin is that it will not harm your baby, so you don't need to wipe it off to nurse. Its texture actually can help the baby latch on properly.

To prevent cracked nipples, air them out frequently. If you would rather not go braless, turn the flaps of your nursing bra down for a while each day. Do not use plastic-lined breast shields; stick with washable cotton or disposables without plastic linings. Also try Phytolacca decandra, a homeopathic remedy, for cracked nipples. This remedy can also work well for mastitis.



|

From A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health by Dean Raffelock, Robert Rountree, and Virginia Hopkins with Melissa Block. Copyright © 2002 by Dr. Dean Raffelock. Used by arrangement with Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit www.penguin.com. Get a 15% discount with the coupon code FENPARENT.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

earth day

celebrate our
planet with
these activities
and crafts.

GO

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
Celebrate the environment by reading some of these great children's books about Earth Day, recycling, planting trees, and all things green!

Prom Dress Trends for 2014
Check out 2014 prom dress trends inspired by celebrities’ red carpet looks, but with a price tag under $100!