Breastfeeding Difficulties for Moms

By Angela M. Linton 

Time and time again, mothers have been encouraged to breastfeed their children because of the many benefits it holds for both of them. There are physical, emotional and financial benefits to it. However, some challenges do come with it, and a few of these challenges are low milk supply, sore nipples, engorgement and lack of support.

Low Milk Supply

Some pregnant women worry about not having enough milk to feed their babies, and after the babies are born, in some cases, some mothers do have a low supply of milk. When this happens, infant formula comes to mind as a replacement, or an aid, to make sure that the children are having enough milk to drink. However, in many cases, a low milk supply can be remedied.

The more the infants are correctly placed on the breast, the more the milk will flow. Therefore, making sure that the baby is “latching” correctly, is a good step to take. The baby’s mouth must completely cover the nipple and the areola.

In hospitals and health clinics one can find a lactation consultant who can help them with breastfeeding.

Additionally, birth control, low or high thyroid problems and supplements can also contribute to a low milk supply.

Sore Nipples

Sore nipples are one of the biggest complaints that mothers have with breastfeeding, and this can be due to poor latching. Once this is remedied, this problem should go away. Nevertheless, some petroleum jelly will help with healing them.


Engorgement occurs when the breasts are overly full of milk and to the point of being painful. This can even lead to moms having a fever. On one hand, there is a low supply of milk, and on the other hand, there can be more milk than the breasts can handle. By feeding the babies often, and making sure that both breasts are drained at each feeding is helpful.

Lack of Support

Support is always a powerful ally in whatever someone is doing, and this case is no exception. Mothers need the support of those around them, her village, if one will, but sometimes, and not always intentionally, their village does not support them in their desire to breastfeed their babies. For example, their spouses are in full agreement with the babies being breastfed, however, while out in public, their spouses, ask them not to do so in public.

Additionally, when mothers express the difficulties they face with breastfeeding, they are looked upon as though they are finding excuses not to do so.

However, sometimes, asking one’s village, especially those who have breastfed their babies, how they dealt with these challenges may turn them into a supporter.

If this article was helpful to you, please read my article Tips for Moms on how to Reduce Breast Engorgement. Thanks

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