The truth is, there are several things that can pop up along your nursing journey, throwing up roadblocks on what might already be a pretty bumpy road. What is easy? Getting great advice from the experts that know breasts and babies best. We asked them for their best tips for how to handle the most common breastfeeding problems new moms face. Remember, both you and baby are learning the ropes here, so an improper latch is one of the most common breastfeeding problems to surface. For more latching how-to, check out our latching guide. This is one of those breastfeeding problems that can be the result of many different things: a shallow latch, pumping improperly, thrush and sometimes even dry skin.
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Baby-led attachment is when you let baby attach to your breast by herself. Lie her between your breasts, skin to skin, supported by your arms. Lean back so baby can lie on your chest without support. Let baby move towards your nipple. Help only if she needs it. She can lie at an angle down your body. This might happen very quickly. Mother-led attachment is when you put your baby onto your breast.
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When Ivette Ivens was 13, she knew she wanted to be a photographer. Like so many of us before we become mothers, she had no idea that her career -- in fact, her entire life -- would be changed by motherhood. That's why her work, and upcoming book, focuses on breastfeeding, showing mothers nursing in natural spaces to capture how beautiful and normal breastfeeding is. Now an acclaimed baby photographer and a breastfeeding advocate, Ivette has shot thousands of moms who want to take a stand against the stigma of breastfeeding. These are women who were told that what they are doing is gross, inappropriate, or downright wrong. As you'll see in her pictures, Ivens has completely proven her critics wrong, creating ethereal images of motherhood that could be in a museum.
Please sign in or sign up for a March of Dimes account to proceed. If it does, tell your health care provider or lactation consultant. Removing milk from your breasts can help you feel better. Some may be harmful to your baby. Breast milk is the best food for babies in the first year of life.