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Breastfeeding 101

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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.

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