Breastfeeding may be natural, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Learn how to tackle the breastfeeding problems and challenges you and your baby may encounter as you go. From engorgement and breast infections to nipple confusion and nursing strikes, there’s no breastfeeding issue you can’t overcome when you’re armed with the right advice.
It's a basic case of supply and demand: the more breast milk your body puts out equals the more breast milk your body makes. Learn more about how breast milk production works, plus simple tips for increasing your milk supply, especially when you pump.
Breastfeeding isn't supposed to hurt! If you're experiencing breast pain while you nurse or in-between feedings, you may need to make some adjustments to your breastfeeding routine. From treating breast infections to easing nipple trauma, get to know your breast care basics.
Whether it's something temporary like a cold or the flu, or more long-term, like reflux or tongue-tie, you are up against some unique nursing challenges when breastfeeding a sick baby. Here are some tips to help you and your baby work through it.
If you have a cold or the flu, you may be worried about if your baby could also get infected—not to mention how this will impact your ability to breastfeed while you're feeling, well … yucky. Find out how breastfeeding while sick can actually protect your baby from getting ill. Also, see what to do if you're breastfeeding and dealing with a chronic illness or allergy.
Whether your baby refuses to breastfeed as a newborn, or after you've been successfully breastfeeding for months, you've just encountered the battle of the wills known as a "nursing strike." Breast refusal can be frustrating for nursing moms, especially when you have no idea what's causing it. Here are some suggestions for enticing Baby back to the breast.
You've prepared your mind and body, you've listened to all the advice, but—even with the best of intentions—you may encounter breastfeeding problems that you didn't see coming ("Yikes: My Baby Won't Breastfeed!"). We can help you with these lingering breastfeeding questions and guide you through what our experts have to say about everything from nursing strikes to growth spurts.