Legacy Women's Health


Solving Common Breastfeeding Problems

Get help for serious breastfeeding challengesIt’s widely known that breastfeeding is a healthy choice for both mom and baby. But, many women encounter breastfeeding challenges. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it just doesn’t work as well as we’d like. The good news is that through education and preparation, most breastfeeding problems can be overcome with simple at-home solutions. Our San Antonio OBGYNs are here to help get you off to a good start with nursing your baby.

Common breastfeeding problems and solutions

Many common breastfeeding problems can be resolved with simple positional corrections, a good routine, and at-home comfort measures.

Sore nipples

  • Ensure the baby latches onto the entire areola, not just the nipple.
  • Change the baby’s feeding position to get a better latch.
  • Treat cracked nipples with breast milk or breastfeeding cream.

Overfull breasts

  • Feed as often as your baby is interested, on one side per feeding.
  • Use warm showers and massage to relieve discomfort.
  • Hand-express milk to decrease pressure.

Not enough milk

  • Breastfeed often, offering both breasts.
  • Pump after and between feedings to increase milk supply.
  • Get rest and stay hydrated.

Plugged milk duct

  • Breastfeed frequently on the side with the plugged duct.
  • Massage the sore area, moving toward the nipple.
  • Apply a warm compress to the area.

Get help for serious breastfeeding challenges

Some breastfeeding problems are more serious, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for help if you experience severe pain, swelling or redness in your breasts. If you see signs of infection, be sure to contact our San Antonio OBGYNs for treatment options.

Breast infection

  • Continue to breastfeed on the side with the infection.
  • Apply a warm, wet compress to the area.
  • Discuss an antibiotic with your doctor.

Fungal infection

  • Contact your doctor for antifungal medication for anyone affected.


  • Clean your hands and the baby’s hands often.
  • Wear a clean bra every day.

Give yourself a break

Breastfeeding is not always easy and can cause stress for a new mom, so it’s important to have tools and resources to improve the experience. Our San Antonio OBGYNs encourage women to take these steps to make it easier.

  • Be patient with yourself and be confident. Even experienced moms can have difficulty. Know that breastfeeding challenges are common, and you will find solutions.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the people around you for help. Being a new mom is an exhausting, emotional time. Rely on family and friends for additional support, whether it’s cooking, cleaning or caring for the baby while you rest.
  • Find support in a community. Talk with others who are also new moms, or look for a breastfeeding organization. Breastfeeding support communities are available in many areas and online.
  • Look to professionals for guidance. Your OBGYN, the baby’s pediatrician, and lactation consultants are all great resources for help overcoming breastfeeding challenges.

If you have breastfeeding problems or need additional support, our San Antonio OBGYNs are available to help. Contact Legacy Women’s Health for an appointment.