7 Common Mistakes Breastfeeding Mamas Make

ByJerni Camposano-GomezAugust 2, 2023
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Breastfeeding is a natural process, but it does not come easy for most moms. Even after a lot of reviews and research, nursing mamas can still find themselves worrying if they are doing it right.
Just like learning a new skill, breastfeeding a newborn also takes some getting used to. You just need to arm yourself with the right information and learn from your mistakes—some of which you might already be committing but have no idea. Here are some, and how to fix them.
1. Not drinking enough water
Hydrating yourself is another form of self-care. Breastfeeding can make you feel thirsty so it helps to always have a glass or bottle of water—the main milk ingredient—close to you.
2. Ignoring consistent breast pain
Some moms dismiss the pain they feel when they’re breastfeeding, thinking that it’s normal. It is not if the pain is consistent and recurring—it’s time to check with your doctor. The pain may be accompanied by sore nipples and is usually caused by poor latching. 
3. Ignoring your own needs
Sure, you’d want to give your best for your baby. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your own needs. Make sure to set aside time to replenish your energy, eat healthy food, do something you enjoy, and get enough rest and sleep.
4. Not asking for help
Breastfeeding the baby may feel like the sole responsibility of moms—but only if you allow that to happen. Your partner should also have a role in your nursing journey. It’s okay to ask for help or delegate other tasks to him or any adult so you can have more time for yourself as well. 
5. Overthinking your milk supply
Most breastfeeding moms worry that they are not producing enough milk to feed their babies. The output you see on your breast pump is not the sole basis of how much milk you can produce. When your little one seems relaxed and satisfied after feeding, it’s a sign your baby is getting enough milk. So are wet diapers and weight gain. Remember supply and demand: try feeding more often to encourage your body to produce more milk. 
6. Sticking to a schedule
While we wish babies would have a fixed feeding schedule, this is not the case. Be flexible and let your baby decide on their feeding session. It won’t be the same every day—there are days when they just need more, while some days they may feed less. If you stick to a schedule and ignore your child’s natural desire, they may end up dehydrated and hungry. 
7. Not believing in yourself
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Stop defining your success as a mother based on how long you breastfeed your child or how much milk output you have. As long as your baby is healthy and happy, you are doing an amazing job, mama!

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