Get help immediately if…..

Please contact your doctor or breast-feeding counsellor immediately if you or the baby have any of the following symptoms:-

  • If the baby won’t go to the breast
  • If the baby is nursing a lot and crying after most feedings
  • Yellowing skin on your baby
  • The baby doesn’t wake to feed or cannot stay awake to eat
  • Trouble latching and sustaining breastfeeding for longer than ten minutes at a time
  • Will only take a few sucks and then go to sleep
  • Noisy feeding (clicking/slurping)
  • No constant active sucking
  • Baby appears unsettled after feeds
  • Baby feeds often but seems dissatisfied afterwards
  • Refuses to feed
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • From day 4 onwards –
  • Less then 6 wet nappies in 24 hours
  • Has less then 4 yellow seedy stools in 24 hours
  • Has hard stools that are not easily passed
  • Feeds less then eight times in 24 hours (day 3 onwards)
  • Reduced amount of wet nappies
  • Hasn’t regained birth weight by 2 weeks of age or weight gain is inconsistent
  • If the mother hasn’t had breast fullness (from around day 4)
  • Has painful nipples that aren’t improving
  • Has cracked or bleeding nipples
  • Engorgement
  • Blocked ducts
  • Mastitis or abscess
  • Low supply
  • Painful neck, arms, shoulders, back
  • Has nipples that are compressed or ridged after feeding
  • Doesn’t hear swallowing when the baby feeds (day 3 onwards)
  • Has hard painful breasts that the baby cannot latch onto.
  • If she is trying to shorten or space out the feeds
  • Exhaustion
  • Finding it hard to bond with the baby
  • Postnatal depression
  • Stress
  • Marital disharmony