Breastfeeding challenges

Sleepy reluctant feeders

Babies that appear reluctant to feed is common. This can happen if your baby did not have skin-to-skin contact at birth or not have long enough skin contact. Supporting you to have lots of skin contact with your baby is a way forward to stimulate feeding. The following video explains what steps to take to encourage your baby to feed.  



If you think your baby has a tongue-tie and you are concerned please discuss with your midwife. For further information about tongue-tie please click here


Mastitis can happen when your breast tissue becomes inflamed or infected. This can be very uncomfortable and you can feel unwell with flu-like symptoms. Mastitis is where there has been a build-up of milk in the breast duct which can cause the pain. It can start anywhere in the breast and looks like either a slightly pink patch or red in appearance. Mastitis can be treated by removing milk from the breast, by continuing breastfeeding and/or hand expressing. The most important thing is to ensure that you get someone to check your positioning and attachment.  For further information about mastitis please click here.  


The symptoms of thrush can be different for each woman such as sore, red, pale, shiny or itchy nipples are the most common signs. Some woman experience a burning sensation or a sharp, shooting pain in your breast during or after feeds. A white coating may appear on your baby tongue, gums and inner cheeks.  For further information about thrush please click here.