When Breastfeeding Isn't Working
Remember, help is available and there are solutions.
It's normal to feel frustrated if you're having difficulty breastfeeding. For many moms, overcoming challenges is part of the breastfeeding journey. Remember, there are people who can help and ways to make breastfeeding easier. Take it day by day and set small goals. Breastfeeding gets easier!
The tips below can help when you feel like breastfeeding isn't working. At any point in your breastfeeding journey, you can call your local WIC clinic and speak to a breastfeeding expert.
Your partner, your mom, your family, and your friends are all an important part of your breastfeeding support system. Talk to them before you start breastfeeding. Help them understand how they can help you. Talk to your employer, too. That way, you will have a support system when you go back to work or school.
Take Care of Yourself
Taking care of a new baby is a lot of work. It's easy to forget about your own needs with all the feedings and diaper changes. But remember, you also have to take care of yourself. That will help you take care of your baby. That means:
- Eating and drinking enough.
- Taking breaks for yourself.
- Letting someone know if you're not feeling well, physically or emotionally.
- Asking for help with baby care.
If you have discomfort or pain from sore nipples, engorgement, or plugged ducts and infections, there are steps you can take to make it better. Talk to a WIC breastfeeding expert for help.
Understand Your Milk Supply
It's normal to worry whether your baby is getting enough milk. Most women make plenty of milk. As long as you're feeding your baby regularly (at least 8-12 times a day), you probably don't have anything to worry about. What usually causes low milk supply is limiting your baby's time at your breast, skipping a feeding, or feeding baby formula or solid food instead of breast milk.
If you think your baby is not getting enough milk, check in with your WIC breastfeeding expert or your pediatrician.
Ask for Help
Your local WIC clinic can help you come up with ways to make breastfeeding easier.