Though breastfeeding is natural and healthy, it doesn’t always come naturally. There are a series of difficulties that plague women as they make the transition into motherhood and learn to nurse their baby for the first time.
As a lactation educator counselor, I find myself often addressing many of the same concerns as I visit new mothers after birth. I’ve also found that at specific times within the breastfeeding journey, there are certain issues that commonly arise and catch mamas off guard.
Though these hurdles are common, their solutions aren’t as well-known. Below I’ve outlined five solutions for struggles I often encounter with new mothers that either places a temporary halt on their breastfeeding journey or causes them to completely abandon their breastfeeding goals in order to save their sanity and physical well-being…and I don’t blame them.