It takes a lot of effort to pump/collect breastmilk – so make sure to store it right, but no need to overcomplicate it either. Here's a quick reference storage tips based on CDC guidelines to save or print & post on your fridge.
Clogged (also known as blocked or plugged) milk ducts can occur if breasts aren’t emptied regularly or completely, causing a small hard lump in the breast tissue that feels tender and swollen. It is usually more painful before feedings and can lead to an infection called mastitis if not addressed. Read for an overview and tips for clogged ducts and mastitis.
Engorgement makes the breast feel hard, full, heavy, and possibly warm or tender. Some degree of engorgement is normal when milk "comes in" 2-5 days after birth. It usually goes away over the next few days as you breastfeed, though certain treatment steps can help.
Sore nipples are common during the first several days or even weeks of breastfeeding. Pain is often at its worst the first minute after baby latches on. A common cause is a shallow latch, while less common causes include tongue tie and inverted nipples. Sometimes, though, it’s because your nipples need time to adjust to breastfeeding. Read more for tips and indications that there's an underlying issue to resolve.
"How to build supply" gets much more attention, but oversupply can also be a challenge for moms. This is especially true in the early weeks when hormone shifts and cluster feeding can drive up your supply beyond what baby consumes. Read more for signs of oversupply and concrete tips for what to do about it.
Most moms know – or quickly learn – that the key to maintaining supply is to continue meeting baby's demand for milk. Sometimes, though, moms' milk supply decreases for a number of potential reasons, and this can be very stressful. Read here for tips on maintaining supply throughout your journey and for boosting it when you experience supply dips.
Read how milk supply actually works and tips for building supply in the early days and weeks.
It usually takes time and some instruction to get the hang of breastfeeding. You may often hear that getting a proper latch is fundamental to successful breastfeeding, but sometimes it can be hard to know if your baby is latched correctly. Read here for a step-by-step overview of the basics of a good breastfeeding session and tips for getting a good latch.