Breastfeeding is challenging.
Despite the many rewards and health benefits of breastfeeding, it can be challenging. For example:
- Being the sole source of nutrition for your infant is not always easy.
- Many nursing mothers have sore nipples, breast engorgement (very full breasts) when their “milk comes in”, and occasionally breast infections that require treatment with antibiotics.
- Some women have had breast surgery that can reduce the amount of human milk they produce. These women may have to feed their infants with formula in addition to the milk they produce.
- Breastfeeding can be stressful. For instance, a lack of support by family, social network and/or colleagues can cause discomfort and anxiety.
- If you are a breastfeeding mother, one way to reduce stress is to make sure that you continue to take care of yourself, including developing support networks with friends and family and other women who are breastfeeding.
- Stay in touch with your healthcare providers about ongoing medical or mental health conditions.
While breastfeeding offers many benefits to mom and baby, it may not be the right infant feeding choice for everyone.
- Some women may have physical challenges that make breastfeeding and/or pumping breast milk difficult or impossible.
- Others may have personal reasons why breastfeeding is not the right choice.
- Some women may take certain medications that make breastfeeding impossible.
- Milk Banks can provide breastmilk if mothers are unable to provide it. Click here to learn more and find a location near you
- North America: Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
- United Kingdom: United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking
- Europe: European Milk Banking
Every mother is unique. Work with your healthcare provider to decide on the best method for you and your baby.
- Download a guide to breastfeeding at WomensHealth.gov This guide offers easy how-to information and support for breastfeeding successfully.
- The National Breastfeeding Helpline (1-800-994-9662) Talk with trained breastfeeding peer counselors who can help answer common breastfeeding questions in English or Spanish.
- La Leche League International International breastfeeding organization.
- LLL Breastfeeding Helpline (877-4-LA-LECHE or 1-877-452-5324).
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Online resources for breastfeeding mothers.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) For more information on taking medication while breastfeeding, visit NIH LactMed.
- National Council of State Legislatures Information about state laws and breastfeeding in the workplace.
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Take care - get plenty of rest and water,