Moms aren't often given all the information they need about breastfeeding. They are often told about the benefits and that it might be challenging, but usually they are left to brave the “breastfeeding wilderness” with their newborn baby and their unwavering resolve. The thing is that, over time, most moms encounter issues with breastfeeding, from unexplained pain to issues with supply, and they’re unequipped to handle them properly. This often leads them to question their decision to breastfeed and quit altogether. But learning a few common precautions to take when you’re a breastfeeding mom can save you pain, stress, and maybe a lot more in the long run.
Although breastfeeding mothers are statistically at a lower risk for developing postpartum depression, Breastfeeding USA noted that when breastfeeding isn’t going well, the risk of PPD increases significantly. Furthermore, most of the issues women face while nursing are preventable, if the right precautions are taken in advance or at the onset of the problem.
Things like exhaustion, supply imbalance, engorgement, and even depression aren’t the norm for breastfeeding moms, even though most are led to believe they’re just side effects of the choice to breastfeed. Being proactive, though, can ensure that both you and your baby are as happy and healthy as you can be while you’re nursing.