Breastfeeding Challenges in the Early Days (Resources)

Various Issues

Common Breastfeeding Concerns – Mother @

Natural Treatments for Nursing Moms @

Sudden Weaning – Is it really necessary? @

Breast Health in Lactating Women by Anne M. Montgomery, MD, IBCLC, from Breastfeeding Abstracts, May 2001, Volume 20, Number 4, pp. 27-28.

Nipple and breast pain @ 

Sore nipples or breasts? Here’s help…

Why are my nipples sore after months of pain-free nursing?

Healing broken skin in the nipple area

How do you treat a milk blister?  

Vasospasm – nipple blanching or whitening


Mastitis and plugged ducts

Breast abscess

Large breasted mothers

Helping Large-Breasted Mothers by Bonnie Tilson

Nursing Tips for the Large Breasted Mother by Anne Smith, IBCLC

Nursing When Well-Endowed FAQ

Flat or inverted nipples

My doctor said I have inverted or flat nipples. Can I still breastfeed my baby? from La Leche League International

Flat or Inverted Nipples by Anne Smith, IBCLC

Sex & Intimacy

Is There Sex after Babies? LLLI FAQ

Breastfeeding and Vaginal Dryness by Paula Yount

Making It Work: Not in the Mood from New Beginnings, Vol. 18 No. 2, March-April 2001, pp. 67-68

Breastfeeding and Sexuality (LLLI publication 926-17) is a pamphlet available from LLLI

Not specific to breastfeeding moms…

PDF How to Have a Happy Marriage When You’re Busy Being Parents by Elizabeth Pantley

Reclaim your sex life after baby: 100 ways to get the romance back from

Putting the Naked Back in Marriage by Valerie Schultz, from Mothering, July/August 1999

Pierced nipple(s)

Body Modification and Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know by Robyn Roche-Paull, from New Beginnings, Vol. 29 No. 4, 2009, p. 4-8.

Nipple Piercing: Is It Compatible with Breastfeeding? by Jahaan Martin, from LEAVEN, Vol. 35 No. 3, June-July 1999, pp. 64-65

LLL FAQ: My nipples are pierced. Can I breastfeed my baby?

Garbin CP, Deacon JP, Rowan MK, Hartmann PE, Geddes DT. Association of Nipple Piercing With Abnormal Milk Production and Breastfeeding. JAMA. 2009;301(24):2550-2551.

I have pierced nipples. Can I nurse my baby? by Anne Smith, IBCLC

Breastfeeding when mom has a disability or chronic illness

Breastfeeding and thyroid problems @ kellymom

Breastfeeding and Maternal Diabetes @ kellymom

Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Breastfeeding by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, from LEAVEN, Vol. 36 No. 1, February-March 2000, pp. 3-4.

Fitting Breastfeeding into Your Life (mothers with chronic illnesses) by Judy Minami, from LEAVEN, Vol. 36 No. 1, February-March 2000, p. 5.

Helping the Visually Impaired or Blind Mother Breastfeed by Cynthia Good Mojab, from Leaven, Vol. 35 No. 3, June-July 1999, pp. 51-56.

LEAVEN articles: Medical conditions in mothers from LLL

Through the Looking Glass supports families with disabilities. Although this website does not appear to address breastfeeding, their publications on adaptive baby care equipment may be useful for disabled mothers.

See also Health issues and breastfeeding

Sexual abuse survivor

Healing Through Breastfeeding: A Sexual Abuse Survivor by Nikki Patrick

Breastfeeding and the Sexual Abuse Survivor by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, from Breastfeeding Abstracts, May 1998, Volume 17, Number 4, pp. 27-28.

Breastfeeding and the Sexual Abuse Survivor by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, from Leaven, Vol. 33 No. 2, April-May 1997, p. 27.

The Long Shadow: Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC. Chapter from: The hidden feelings of motherhood: Coping with mothering stress, depression and burnout. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2001.

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