- Try to make sure baby is latching correctly. Their mouth should cover more of the areola at the bottom of the nipple than the top. Don’t delay getting help from a lactation consultant or other healthcare professional. Read about breastfeeding challenges and tips to try here.
- Talk to your midwife, doctor, or a lactation consultant if breastfeeding is painful. It could be because baby is not latching properly.
- Try brushing baby’s top lip against your nipple to open their mouth.
- Apply lanolin nipple cream or expressed breast milk to your nipple between feeds to help soothe any pain or dryness.
- Keep feeding as often as you can early on to boost your milk supply. Breast milk works on a supply and demand basis.
- Use warm compresses if you have tender spots on your breast to prevent clogged ducts. See your midwife, doctor, or lactation consultant for more advice.
- Try to express some breast milk by hand before feeding if milk supply is high or your breasts are engorged.
- Try feeding more often if your breasts feel very full or are engorged.
- If inverted nipples are causing problems, speak to your midwife, HCP, or lactation consultant. Often using a breast pump before nursing can help if inverted nipples are proving hard to latch on to.
- Try baby on the fuller breast for a more effective feed if they fall asleep during feeding.
- Try tickling baby’s feet if they fall asleep too soon during feeding.
- Stock up on nursing pads to protect your clothes from leaking milk. Some breastfeeding moms need these more than others but be prepared to buy in bulk.
- Talk to your doctor right away if you have concerns about mastitis.
- Talk to your doctor or lactation consultant if you’re suffering painful letdown.
- Try different holds if a fast letdown is an issue or baby seems uncomfortable during feeds. Check out our guide to different breastfeeding positions.
- Remember, for many women breastfeeding problems do ease over time.
Health Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. Nutrition for healthy term infants: Recommendations from birth to six months. 2012.
Health Link BC. Breastfeeding. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw91687 Accessed August 2020.
Get full access to expert-backed nutrition support, high-value coupons on our trusted brands and much more!
Free Ready-for-Baby Savings Pack.
Around 35 weeks of pregnancy expect to receive our Baby Pack filled with high-value coupons and useful information you and your baby will love!
Special Member Savings
Receive personalized coupons and savings on trusted products in your email inbox - and home mailbox - as your baby grows.
Expert advice, articles, recipes, tips and tools for all the special, hard and at times hectic days of parenting.
Nutritional guidance for growth
Specialized nutritional guidance and science-based expertise for every stage of the parenting journey - from preconception to toddlerhood.
*When registration is during pregnancy. If your baby’s already been born, expect to see your kit within a month
Still haven't found what you are looking for?
Try our new smart question engine.