How to avoid the 5 most common problems when breastfeeding

Breast milk is recognized worldwide as the most nutritious food that newborns can consume during his first months. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers that It should be the only food that babies should eat during their first six months of life. From that moment, it should be interspersed with other foods until the child turns 2 years old.

The Benefits They are proven: boosts the immune system, protects against diarrhea, reduces the risk of overweight or obesity in adolescence, reduces the risk of infections and malnutrition, and prevents diseases that frequently affect newborns, such as pneumonia.

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Despite the benefits and the willingness that a mother may have, some women have difficulties or suffer pain or insufficiency When they try to breastfeed.

Within the framework of the World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated from August 1 to 8, we tell you what are the most common problems, and some tips that can be applied to prevent them.

Insufficient production

Excessive blood loss during delivery, the presence of retained fragments of placenta, hormonal disorders and insufficiencies of breast tissue are some of the factors that prevent many women from producing the necessary amount of milk to meet the needs of their baby.

One of the most common solutions is to have as much skin-to-skin contact as possible during breastfeeding, to stimulate oxytocin production and thus balance milk secretion. Another alternative is to use breast pumps to get enough liquid and have a constant supply.


Some women, on the other hand, produce extra milk. During the first weeks, the body is still learning to balance production and milk losses due to excessive secretion may occur.

For this, it is recommended that the mother manually withdraw some milk before each intake, to reduce the pressure the baby will receive, and place a cup on the other breast to collect the losses.

Of course, the milk collected in the cup should be used immediately with the baby. Otherwise it should be collected in a sterile container and stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 24 hours.

Milk loss

Especially during the first few weeks, some women may experience milk loss at times when they are not breastfeeding their baby.

It can happen during the day, while they sleep or when they hear a baby cry that is not theirs, because it is an instinctive reflex that activates milk production.

As a solution, absorbent discs, whether disposable or washable, can be used. They are placed inside the bra and kept on during the day to collect excess milk.

Poor baby grip

In order for the baby to receive milk during breastfeeding, it is necessary to have a sufficient suction grip. Some babies have trouble having it, because their mother has a flat or inverted nipple, or because she had a premature birth.

In the case of flat or inverted nipples, the mother can use nipple shapers inside the bra, which apply light pressure to pull them out.

In the case of premature babies, a teat cup can be used, which reduces the mother's pain, and gives the baby a larger and more comfortable goal to suck.

Pain and tenderness in the breasts

The sucking of babies can cause pain in the nipples, which if not treated in time, can cause lesions known as cracks, which intensify the pain and hinder breastfeeding.

To soothe the pain and tenderness, they can be gently cleaned with cottons dipped in water after the baby takes. Then, they can be air dried or gently rubbed with a very clean and soft cloth. Moisture causes infections, so you have to avoid it at all costs.

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