Common challenges

Breastfeeding happens easily for some mothers, and not so easily for others.

Common challenges in breastfeeding include the reading material below:

When things don’t go to plan

  • Breastfeeding may not be as easy as you may have expected. Remember that you are learning.
  • If you’ve had a difficult birth, you or your baby have medical complications, or you are significantly underweight or overweight, you may find it takes a few more days for your milk to ‘come in’.
  • Unless it is your choice, if your baby requires formula this should be on medical advice and discussed with you. You are encouraged to ask questions and fully understand the reason why your baby may be recommended formula.
  • Sometimes breastfeeding challenges may mean you wean earlier than you intended.
  • Occasionally women may benefit from lactation aides, such as nipple shields, breast pumps and certain medications. These should be used under the guidance of a health professional.
  • While exclusive breastfeeding is ideal for the first 6 months, any amount of breast milk is beneficial to the infant and mother.