Breastfeeding: Not as easy as one, two, three
Breastfeeding may come easily and naturally for some but for others it may be a painful, difficult or impractical experience.
- You've had a premature baby, a Caesarean, or for simply no reason your milk takes a little longer to arrive, or it may not come at all.
- You’re nipples are grazed and painful because your baby isn’t latching on.
- You have mastitis (inflammation of the breast area around the nipple).
- Your baby has tongue-tie, where its tongue hasn’t developed correctly. This may affect your baby’s ability to latch on to your nipple and suck. Tongue-tie can also lead to nipple pain and trauma, poor breast milk intake, and a decrease in milk supply over time.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Other options for you and your baby
- Expressing: using a manual or electric breast pump to express milk that is then fed to your baby through a bottle (or a syringe in the very early days).
- Milk donation: mothers’ who have a surplus of breast milk sometimes donate their supply for other new mums to use. Milk is screened and pasteurised before being distributed.
- Formula: a powdered substance that you add water to which has added ingredients like vitamins, fatty acids and prebiotics. You may need to try a few brands before finding one that suits your baby. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if required.