Whoever said breastfeeding is easy is either lying or has never tried it before. Getting the perfect latch, knowing when your baby is full, and keeping him awake on the breast are just a few of the hurdles you have to overcome before you can achieve breastfeeding bliss. And it doesn't help that your baby doesn't have the words to tell you whether or not things are going well on his end. If you are worried that your issues with nursing could require some intervention, you should know that there are some breastfeeding red flags that you'll want to call your doctor about.
In the early stages of nursing, you will want to watch your baby closely to be sure he is getting enough milk to maintain a steady level of growth. If your baby isn't gaining enough weight or producing enough wet diapers, you should check with your doctor to see if it is necessary for you to supplement your nursing sessions with formula. You should also pay attention to your own health be sure you are not suffering from any infections which can be passed on to your baby.
If you notice any of the red flags on this list, be sure to check in with your doctor or a lactation consultant to ensure you and your baby continue to have a healthy nursing relationship.