Submitted to: Electronic Publication
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/25/2005
Publication Date: 4/1/2006
Citation: Hopkinson, J., Schanler, R.J. 2006. Common problems of breastfeeding in the postpartum period. UpToDate Online Journal [serial online]. 14.2. Available: http://uptodateonline.com. Interpretive Summary: Common problems associated with breastfeeding in the postpartum period are reviewed here. Some of these cause painful breasts, which, if untreated, is a common reason to stop breastfeeding in the first few weeks after delivery. The initiation of breastfeeding and immediate postpartum evaluation of mothers and infants are discussed separately.
Technical Abstract: Breastfeeding a healthy infant is often accompanied by challenges. Some may be predictable, while others are unexpected. These problems may accompany the normal anxiety of first-time parents, who rarely appreciate the intensity of care infants require. Reassurance and guidance often will enable mothers to continue breastfeeding through the first year.