Breastfeeding Education

Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges

Every mother and baby learn to breastfeed together. For some, it comes easily. Others have more questions or concerns. Parents often enjoy sharing their stories, experiences, and feelings about breastfeeding with other parents. Other mothers who are breastfeeding—or who have breastfed—are one of the best sources of support, information, and someone to talk with.

You can meet other breastfeeding mothers in your community through:

  • Family resource centres
  • Classes and support groups offered by Public Health Services
  • La Leche League

You can get information about breastfeeding from:

Whenever you have a problem while breastfeeding, get help.

Look for support and information from an experienced breastfeeding mother, a public health nurse, lactation consultant, midwife or doctor. Most breastfeeding challenges happen in the early weeks and months when you and your baby are still learning. Once you pass this stage, breastfeeding usually becomes easy and uneventful. You can continue to breastfeed for two years and beyond—as long as both you and your baby enjoy it.

Get help when you notice any of these warning signs:

  • You have a fever
  • You notice a red area on your breast
  • Your breasts feel hard
  • Your nipples have cracks
  • You have pain in a breast while breastfeeding.

You can try to prevent breastfeeding problems by having your baby well latched and staying well rested. Breasts don't need special cleaning, just bathing with water, without using soap on your nipples. If you notice some tenderness in your nipples, rub a few drops of breast milk onto your nipples and let them air dry.

See our Support section for contact information.