Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Breastfeeding can be challenging, especially in the early days. Remember you are not alone. The Norfolk Healthy Child Programme have a team of specialist infant feeding champions you can talk to.

Some people find breastfeeding challenging, no matter if it is their first, second or third baby. Even if they have found it easy to breastfeed one baby, remember every breastfeeding experience is different.

Here are links to information on some common challenges you may experience and how to overcome them.

Breastfeeding Aversion & Dysmorphic Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER)

This is a less common breastfeeding challenge that some people may experience where negative emotions may be triggered by feeding your baby.

Find out more about breastfeeding aversion

Dive Deeper

When to Talk to Someone

The table below shows when feeding is working well and when you may need to ask for some help. If you click on the table it will open a list of links that will give you some more information.

Infant Feeding Champions

The Healthy Child Programme have a team of Infant Feeding Champions who are able to provide you with support and advice at every step of your breastfeeding journey. They are a dedicated and passionate team who are committed to giving you and your baby the best start in life. All of the team are very experienced and trained to Unicef standards.

The team can offer advice and guidance around any area of infant feeding - breastfeeding, formula feeding, combination feeding or weaning and moving on.

To get in touch call Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 and speak to one of our skilled team about your infant feeding issue. If further support and advice is required they will make a referral to the infant feeding team who will contact you by video call or telephone at an arranged time to make an assessment.

Who can Help?

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can contact your local midwifery team or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme at any time following your baby's birth by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590.

Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Norfolk Healthy Child Programme has a team of infant feeding champions who can contact you by video call/telephone initially to discuss your questions and refer you to further help if required. All of our staff are trained to Unicef standards to provide you with the best possible breastfeeding support and advice.

It may help in the first instance to look again at our page on Positioning and Attachment or read the Essential Guide to Feeding & Caring for your Baby

Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service (ECFS) offers support for all parents and carers with children aged 0 to 5 years.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum below.

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