Breastfeeding has a lot going for it. Your breasts always come with you, and they're always ready to serve a nice meal to your baby. Breast milk meets all your babies nutritional needs, with a unique "recipe" that is right for your very baby, for the first six months of life. Breast is best, but breastfeeding complications can and do crop up. What do you do if you encounter problems?
The list of breastfeeding complications is too long to be able to discuss them all in great detail in one blog post. Reading about breastfeeding complications can make nursing your baby seem like torture, and may even discourage first time mothers from doing it at all. Thankfully, most of the time there will be no problems at all. If you do have trouble, mastitis, sore nipples, a bad latch, pain during breastfeeding, engorgement and yeast infections are the most likely problems.
Thankfully, all of the mentioned problems are almost always possible to overcome. Mastitis, for instance, can be painful, but it can be solved with constant nursing and sometimes medication. A bad latch can be turned around with the help of a lactation consultant, who should also look into things like tongue tie, which could be responsible for your baby not latching on properly.
The key to overcoming breastfeeding complications is knowing the cause, and how to overcome the problem. Good places to turn to are your baby's pediatrician, if they are breastfeeding friendly, a lactation consultant, blogs written by mothers who have overcome the same complication, and the La Leche League.
Breastfeeding has a bit of a bad reputation, and our culture encourages women to quit nursing when there are bumps in the road. It doesn't have to be that way though: Be sure that, in most cases, your complication will be of a temporary nature, and you can be happily and painlessly nursing after the problems have been resolved.