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  1. Breastfeeding problems are challenges that can be solved rather than reasons to wean.
  1. The most effective latch is the “asymmetric” latch — where baby is covering more of the areola with her lower lip than with her upper lip and where her chin, but not her nose, is touching the breast.
  1. You can assess the latch by observing the change in baby’s sucking when she’s swallowing milk.
  1. Newman’s all-purpose nipple ointment, which can be mixed by a pharmacist from instructions at breastfeedingonline.com, combines an antibiotic ointment, an antifungal powder and a topical corticosteroid.
  1. Breast compression — gentle squeezing — can help babies get more milk and more high-fat milk.
  1. Raynaud’s syndrome, a painful but treatable blanching, usually of extremeties such as fingers and toes, can sometimes affect a nursing mother’s nipples.
  1. Milk oversupply can be decreased in some cases by nursing on one breast only, for several feeds.
  1. Domperidone (a drug for nausea and vomiting) and herbs, such as fenugreek and blessed thistle, can be used to increase milk production.
  1. Adoptive mothers who want to breastfeed can induce milk production more effectively using Newman’s protocol.
  1. Tube-feeding on the nipple or a finger is a good alternative to bottle-feeding for babies who won’t latch on, or who need supplementation, because it helps train them to take the breast.