The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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7.nip ’em in the bud
If you do have problems, it’s important to correct them early on. Here are some of the most common challenges:
Sore, cracked or bleeding nipples Mild tenderness is normal in the beginning, but severe pain or rawness usually indicates an improper latch. Review your book or video, contact your breastfeeding buddy or call a lactation consultant. In the meantime:
Engorgement Swelling of the breasts between the third and fifth day postpartum is normal—it’s a sign that your body is producing milk. As uncomfortable as it may be, any engorgement should subside in a day or two with frequent nursing. In the meantime:
Leaking breasts This is a normal result of your body
adapting to nursing. Your milk supply should stabilize between the second and fourth month postpartum; until then, use nursing pads. If you leak on one side while nursing on the other, use a clean towel to catch the flow.
Slow let-down It takes a few minutes for some women’s milk to start flowing after the baby latches on. If this happens, apply a warm compress to your breast or take a warm shower before nursing. You also can massage your breast or hand-express to stimulate milk flow. Relax, listen to soothing music or light a candle while you nurse.