New parenthood means making hundreds of choices from the best stroller for your lifestyle to what to pack in your hospital bag to whether you plan to breastfeed of formula feed. If your feeding journey includes breastfeeding, you’ll want as much support you can get to overcome challenges with breastfeeding, nursing and latching. There are so many different things that can happen when you’re a newly breastfeeding mom. Here are some of the most common challenges when it comes to breastfeeding and latching:

  • Sore or bleeding nipples. Sore and/or bleeding nipples may be common for some newly breastfeeding moms. While it might seem normal, this is not the case. They may be signs of poor latch or an infection. Be sure to see your primary care provider or lactation consultant for a diagnosis.
  • Bleeding nipples. Another common breastfeeding challenge is bleeding nipples. They can be extremely painful, so be sure to see your doctor or lactation consultant to get relief.
  • Engorgement. This is when your breasts feel hard, swollen, painful and uncomfortably full. This may also make it hard for your baby to nurse.
  • Mastitis. Are you noticing that you have flu-like symptoms along with breast pain? Then you may have mastitis which is a painful inflammation of breast tissue which can be caused by an infection. See your doctor to find out if you need antibiotics.
  • Leaky breasts or overly full breasts. Some nursing moms leak or spray milk when their breasts become overly full. Nursing pads can be effective for leaking breasts. You can hand express the initial spray into a cloth before feeding your baby if your letdown is too fast for baby.
  • White spots in baby’s mouth. If you’re noticing white spots in your baby’s mouth that can’t be wiped off, seek medical attention. Your baby may be carrying thrush, a type of yeast infection that your baby can pass to you.
  • Preferring to nurse on one breast. Your little one might prefer one breast over the other. This is not uncommon as your baby might find one breast easier to latch on to or has a greater milk supply.
  • Refusing to nurse. There are many reasons why a baby might refuse to nurse. Don’t panic as your baby’s nursing strike could be linked to teething pain, a stuffy nose or because your routine has changed. If you notice that your baby is making less wet and dirty diapers than normal, and is refusing the breast and even a bottle, contact your pediatrician or lactation counselor.

If you’re experiencing any of these challenges chances are you’re not alone. Enter Happy Family’s Infant Feeding Support Center. Their platform offers new parents a comprehensive resource for the breastfeeding years (bonus: using it is totally free!) and with their chat support, you can have many of your questions answered. Read on for the scoop on his this great service works.

When You’re Not Sure
Happy Family’s Infant Feeding Support Center allows you to live chat with an expert on nutrition and infant feeding and can help you figure out how to overcome some of your breastfeeding challenges. After asking a series of questions to get to know your unique situation, the lactation consultants will provide some insight and tips and tricks on how to deal with your specific nursing issues.

Ask an Expert
You probably already know the Happy Baby brand as the creators of delicious and nutritious food for babies, toddlers, kids and expectant mamas. What you may not know is that Happy Family has made it their mission to provide expert resources and emotional support to families to help them make the best feeding choices for their babies. That’s why they created the Infant Feeding Support Center, where parents can have direct—and free—access to certified lactation consultants and nutritionists to get answers to questions about breastfeeding, nursing and latching challenges.

What You’ll Learn
On the Infant Feeding Support Center, you can chat with one of the Happy Mama Milk Mentors, a group of lactation specialists and nutritionists (they’re not only experts; they’re also moms!) about all of your questions regarding breastfeeding, nursing and latching. The mamas are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST).

The support center also houses educational articles on a variety of topics related to breastfeeding, nursing and latching. You can learn about what breast milk benefits, latching tips, nursing while you work and what you should eat while breastfeeding. Also, Happy Family provides a variety of lactation bars to help keep your supply flowing.

You’re Not Alone
Chatting with the Happy Mama Milk Mentors can offer you support when you’re questioning your ability to breastfeed your baby. Remember: you’re not alone and can learn tips and tricks from the Happy Mama Milk Mentors on how to make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable for you and your baby.

Visit the Happy Family Infant Feeding Resource Center for more information or to chat with a Happy Mama Milk Mentor.

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