Breast Feeding Problems
Breast Feeding Problems
There are many
breast feeding problems mums have when they first start
nurturing . This is perfectly natural, as
breast feeding an infant presents many unusual challenges
during the first few weeks of life. Some of these
challenges mums expect, whereas others come as a
Breast feeding a baby takes time and patience.
Fortunately most mums and babies go on to enjoy a long,
healthy and joyous breast feeding relationship after
they solve the most common breast feeding problems.
Below I’ll discuss some of
the more common breast feeding problems. Many of these breast
feeding problems appear in the first few weeks after
Here you will find tips for common breast feeding
problems; solutions to sore nipples; infections and
The main nurturing problems focus on the following:
breast engorgement or breast fullness; plugged milk duct;
thrush; retractile nipple; mastitis.
Breast Feeding Problem 1
Sore nipples is a common
easier to prevent sore nipples than it is to treat them.
The main thing that causes sore nipples is when your
baby doesn't latch on properly.
If your baby
isn't latched on the right way, you'll need to start
over. To take your baby off your breast, release the
suction by putting your finger in the corner of your
baby's mouth between the gums.My daughter used to do
this and she never had any breast feeding problems.
Don't limit the time you let
your baby nurse. Putting a limit on
nursing time doesn't prevent sore nipples,
but it may keep the milk ducts from completely emptying.
This breast feeding problem can lead to swelling and
pain. Applying crushed ice compresses before nursing can
Some mums find
that rubbing lanolin on their nipples is soothing. If
you use lanolin, wash it off before feeding your baby.
Nipple shields are not recommended for sore nipples, because, although
they may help temporarily, they usually do not,
or they seem to
help only. They may also cut
down the milk supply dramatically, and the baby may
become fussy and not gain weight well. Once the baby
is used to them, it may be impossible to get the baby
back onto the breast.
In fact, many mums who have tried nipple
shields find that they do not help with soreness. Use
as a last resort only, but
get help first.
To learn more about nipple
Call your doctor
if you have a red, sore or painful area on your breast,
if you have painful engorgement (overfull breasts), if
you have a fever or if you feel achy. These may be signs
of an infection. (Breast Feeding Problems Symptoms)
Preventing/healing sore nipples
sure your baby is sucking the right way. If
the sucking hurts, your baby's mouth may not
be positioned correctly.
your nipples air dry between feedings. Let
the milk dry on your nipples.
Offer your baby the less sore of your two
nipples first. Your baby's sucking may be
less vigorous after the first few minutes.
Change nursing positions.
possible, position any cracked or tender
part of your breast at the corner of your
baby's mouth, so that it gets less pressure
your nipples daily with warm water. Don't
use soap or lotion that may contain alcohol,
which can dry the skin.
Avoid bra pads lined with plastic.
Express milk until your let-down reflex
occurs. This will help make your milk more
available so your baby sucks less hard.
Breastfeed often to prevent engorgement.Take
into account that engorgement is another
breast feeding problem that makes it hard for your baby
to latch on.
nipple turns white after the baby comes off the breast".The
pain associated with this blanching of the nipple is
frequently described by mums as "burning", but generally
begins only after the feeding is over. It may last
several minutes or more, after which the nipple returns
to its normal colour, but then a new pain develops which
is usually described by mums as "throbbing". The throbbing part
of the pain may last for seconds or minutes and may even
blanch again. The
cause would seem to be a spasm of the blood vessels
(often called “vasospasm” or Raynaud’s Phenomenon) in
the nipple (when the nipple is white), followed by
relaxation of these blood vessels (when the nipple
returns to its normal colour). Sometimes this pain
continues even after the nipple pain during the feeding
no longer is a problem, so that mum has pain only after
the feeding, but not during it. What can be done to
solve this breast feeding problem?
1. Pay careful attention to getting
the baby to latch onto the breast properly. This type
of pain is almost always associated with and probably
caused by whatever is causing your pain during the
feeding. The best treatment for this vasospasm is the
treatment of the other causes of nipple pain. If the
main cause of the nipple pain is fixed, the vasospasm
2. Heat (hot washcloth, hot water
bottle, hair dryer) applied to the nipple immediately
after nursing may prevent or decrease the reaction.
Dry heat is usually better than wet heat, because wet
heat may cause further damage to the nipples.
Breast Feeding Problem 2
nurturing problem, occurs when the breasts swell because
of increased milk production. Engorgement is common
early on and sometimes late in the postpartum period.
Most early engorgement happens
when the breast produce large
quantities of milk
initially to support a newborn baby. This usually
happens when the milk first comes in, somewhere between
2 and 3 days postpartum, though it may take as many as
seven days to occur.
Most of the time early
engorgement resolves itself in a few days. However if
your baby isn’t able to remove the milk enough from the
breast, as may be the case when your baby doesn’t latch
on properly. Engorgement may continue and lead to more serious conditions.
It is important to detect this breast feeding problem in
time so as this does not lead to a serious condition.
Signs of engorgement include
breasts that are painful and swollen. The breasts may
also be rigid and warm. The best
treatment for engorgement is frequent removal of milk
from the breasts. It
is important that your baby have a proper latch on so
they can remove milk efficiently from the breast.
Sometimes you may need to express a little milk before
your baby latches on to help encourage a proper latch
on. A soft breast is much easier to latch onto than a
Massaging the breasts may
also help relieve discomfort caused by engorgement. The
best treatment for late engorgement is prevention. You
can prevent breast engorgement by encouraging your baby
to feed on demand, and allowing your baby to empty your
breasts completely each time he feeds. For occasionally flair ups cool
compresses may help.
You may need to use a warm compress if your milk doesn’t
let down quickly enough.
Here are some
other tips for minimizing the effects of engorgement:
for longer than 10 minutes at a
time. Too much stimulation can contribute to
engorgement and promote excessive milk production.
showers to help express milk between your baby’s
If you have
late engorgement you can use heat packs to help
reduce the discomfort.
tiny white dot can be seen at the opening of the
duct on the nipple. Massaging the area and gentle
pressure can help to remove the plug.
Breast Feeding Problem 3
Lets go to another nurturing problem.Breast
fullness is the gradual accumulation of blood
and milk in the breast a few days after birth and is a
sign that your milk is coming in. Breast fullness
doesn't impair efficient breast-feeding because the
breast tissues can be easily compressed by the baby's
Breast Feeding Problem 4
Plugged Milk Duct
duct can become plugged if the baby does not feed well,
if mum skips feedings (common when the child is
weaning), or if a constricting bra is worn.
Symptoms of a plugged milk duct include
tenderness, heat and redness in one area of the breast,
or a palpable lump close to the skin.
tiny white dot can be seen at the opening of the duct on
the nipple. Massaging the area and gentle pressure can
help to remove the plug.
Breast Feeding Problem 5
Thrush is a common breast feeding yeast infection that
can be passed between mum and baby during breast feeding. The
yeast (called Candida albicans) thrives in
warm, moist areas.
The baby's mouth and mums nipples are perfect places for
this yeast to grow.
A yeast infection can be difficult to cure, but
fortunately this is uncommon.
Yeast infections frequently occur during or after
yeast infection in the mum are deep, pink nipples that
are tender or uncomfortable during and immediately after
nursing. Symptoms of thrush (an oral
yeast infection) in the baby include white patches and
increased redness in the baby's mouth.
The baby may also have a diaper rash, a
change in mood, and will want to suckle more frequently. Contact your physician to
get a prescription for an anti-fungal medication for
affected members of your family.
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