Breastfeeding for new mums

Navigating Breastfeeding Challenges: Tips for New Mums

Welcoming a new baby into the world is a joyful occasion, but for many new mums, breastfeeding can present unexpected challenges. From latching issues to concerns about milk supply, navigating the world of breastfeeding can be daunting!

Here are some common challenges new mums may encounter, along with tips to overcome them:

 1. Latching difficulties

Breastfeeding often begins with the challenge of getting your baby to latch correctly. Improper latch can lead to discomfort for mums.

To overcome this, ensure your baby is positioned well, in level to your breast, with head extended, mouth wide open for a deep latch and chin touching the breast.


2. Breast fullness and engorgement

Breast fullness is a normal transitory process, which happens around day 4. As the baby’s needs increase, so does the milk production.

It is important to encourage regular feeds to decrease likelihood of discomfort, or pain.

Cold compresses may help to ease the discomfort. Feeding the baby regularly is mostly encouraged at this time. If latching proves to be challenging due to breast fullness, manual express to soften the areola.


3. Sore nipples

Sore nipples are a common complaint. It is important to ensure a deep latch to avoid nipple trauma. Some expressed breast milk can help to soothe sore nipples.


4. Concerns about milk supply

Many new mums worry about whether they're producing enough milk for their baby. To address concerns about milk supply, trust your body’s ability to produce milk. Breastfeeding works on a demand-supply basis, so the more your baby feeds, the more milk your body will produce.

Moreover, feed your baby on demand and avoid supplementing with formula unless medically necessary. This will help establish and maintain your milk supply.


5. Navigating breastfeeding in public

Many new mums feel anxious about breastfeeding in public, but it's important to remember that breastfeeding is a natural and normal part of caring for your baby. Invest in comfortable nursing clothing or use a breastfeeding cover if you prefer, and practice breastfeeding in different settings to stop till confident.

For instance, some mums feel more comfortable using a nursing cover or shawl while breastfeeding in public. These can provide privacy and help you feel more at ease, especially if you're breastfeeding in a crowded or unfamiliar setting.



Navigating breastfeeding in public may take some practice, but with time and experience, you'll become more comfortable and confident feeding your baby wherever you go. Remember that your baby's needs come first, and breastfeeding in public is a natural and beautiful way to nourish and bond with your little one!


6. Feeling overwhelmed

Breastfeeding can be physically and emotionally demanding, leaving new mums feeling overwhelmed at times.

To cope with the challenges, do your best to practice self-care. Also, remember that it’s completely valid to feel that way and make sure to reach out to a support network of family, friends, or breastfeeding support groups for encouragement and advice.

You are NOT alone!

Breastfeeding might not always be a walk in the park for new mums, especially until established, but with patience, perseverance, and the right support, you can overcome these initial issues.


Giselle Curmi, MyMama's experienced midwife and lactation consultant, understands the challenges of motherhood. Her focus on lactation consultancy has been developed through her experiences as a midwife and as a mother herself. She is dedicated to help new mums navigate the challenges of breastfeeding and is passionate about providing support and guidance throughout their journey.

Giselle's expertise and compassionate approach make her an excellent choice for anyone seeking breastfeeding support. You can book a breastfeeding support session with Giselle either at the MyMama Hub in Naxxar, or in the comfort of your own home - BOOK YOUR SESSION HERE


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