Breastfeeding is simultaneously one of the most rewarding and one of the most challenging things I've ever done in my life. For the first few weeks, it felt like a horror show. My son wasn't the best at latching, my supply was irregular, and I was exhausted all of the time because I had no idea what my body needed. Thankfully, I had access to a great lactation consultant, but not everyone is that lucky. If you're experiencing difficulty, it might not be as dire as you think. There are some common breastfeeding problems that can be solved easily.
Many breastfeeding problems are complex issues that require a lot of care, compassion, and diligence in pursuing to repair. However, there are a few breastfeeding problems, like biting, engorgement, and hydration that can be resolved without much intervention. While these problems are the minority, they're surprisingly common for breastfeeding mothers everywhere.
That doesn't mean these problems are any less real or painful just for their ease of repair. It's just that these types of problems are the ones lactation consultants can spot at 50 paces and say "Yeah, there's a better way to do that," fix it, and go on about their day, and the mother can finally take a deep breath.
I spoke to board certified lactation consultant and registered nurse Sharon King, and asked her which breastfeeding problems can be solved easily. She tells Romper, "Easily is probably the wrong word." She notes that many of these problems are compounded with others and that can be extremely stressful on the mother. The solving of one problem doesn't necessarily negate the others or even mitigate them in the eyes of a stressed out woman. "Some problems have a straight-forward resolution, where others may not, and many of those are very common."