Breat feeding is an exciting event that mother and child can experience together. It is incredibly bonding, and according to most experts, is the single biggest thing you can do for your child’s health. However, some new mothers need help with this exercise, because babies are not always as cooperative as they need to be. Some of the issues that new moms deal with is the baby grabbing onto the nipple, instead of the areola. This can be very painful if done too often, and as a result lead to cracking and bleeding around the nipple area. To get your baby to latch onto the full part of the breast, try placing your nipple into the babies mouth, so that it rubs along the roof of his or her mouth. This creates a reflex from the baby to reach out and grab the breast to suckle. Another issue that mothers experience is preferential treatment. One breast tends to have a firmer nipple than the other, and the baby prefers the firmer or softer, and develops a pickiness for the other. This can be frustrating at times because lactation occurs equally, and the baby will not fully nurse one side. This is a good time to try a pump. Pumping can help release pressure so that the milk is released, and you can avoid a breast infection.
Some mothers find that using lanolin cream after breast feeding helps to decrease sensitivity and cracking. Pumps are always go to have, but be wary of nipple confusion. This is when a baby confuses a bottle for the breast, and then refuses the breast. If there are any questions about breast feeding, hospitals have a La Leche League foundation, where trained nursing assistant can answer questions and provide tips so that your breast feeding experience is a wonderful one.