Slideshow Iconslideshows MORE

|

Breastfeeding 101

6 of 8
CryingNewbornBaby

Common Problems


Breastfeeding can sometimes be painful. Nipples can become sore or cracked, and breasts can become painfully engorged with milk. Read advice on how to handle these problems.

If you are experiencing other common problems, such as inverted nipples, a yeast infection, or milk failure, be sure to seek help right away from your doctor or lactation consultant. The sooner you treat your problem, the sooner you and your new baby can begin a comfortable feeding routine.

Sometimes your little one will have problems latching on or suckling, or will only take one breast. No need to panic. Just stay calm and soothe your baby. Once the baby is calm, try again in a different position. Never force your nipple into the baby's mouth.

Once your milk starts flowing, you may experience leakage in your nursing bra and shirt. Be sure to invest in nursing pads. This will cut down on accidents, laundry, and embarrassing moments.

Next: Support Groups

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

highlights

Top 10 Free Homework Help Websites
Is helping your child with homework more frustrating and confusing than ever before, thanks to the new Common Core standards? Check out the best free homework help websites to boost kids' success in math, science, English, and more.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

11 Fantastic Fall Apple Desserts
Nothing says fall like the smell of an apple dessert baking in the oven. Use up your family's surplus of apples with our 11 favorite apple dessert recipes.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!