If nursing isn’t working for you or your baby, don’t fret. Here are three common newbie challenges, and how to fix ’em:
1. Painful nursing: Continuous pain throughout the feeding is the sign of a bad latch. It may hurt initially when your baby latches on, but then the pain should quickly subside. If nursing hurts, first break the suction by placing your finger in between your baby’s lips and your skin, then gently remove your baby from your breast and try for a better latch.
2. A fussy baby: If the baby keeps pulling off and on, or wiggling around, he’s probably not comfortable. Check that he is on his side, with his shoulders aligned with his hips, and prop him up with an extra pillow if necessary. If he’s still fussy, he may need to be burped.
3. Back pain: If you’re feeling back pain, you’re likely leaning forward. Sit up straight and reposition your baby so he is level with your breast. You want the baby to come to your breast, rather than leaning over to bring your breast to him. Using a small stool under your feet to lift your knees higher than your hips will also help you sit tall and take the pressure off your lower back.