Breastfeeding difficulties

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Breastfeeding may be the most natural thing in the world, but that does not mean that anyone can do it.

Some women experience physical obstacles that require time, patience, and sometimes professional help to solve them, but certainly there are troubles that can’t be completely relieved.


1. Overview
2. Nipple sensitivity
3. Fullness and engorgement of the breasts
4. Breast infection

Nipples sensitivity

It is normal to experience little pain or discomfort when nursing the baby for the first time. Some breastfeeding mothers describe the sensation of stinging discomfort, itching or burning. It is normal to feel a little pain or a reduced discomfort while breastfeeding.

Nipple pain can be caused by various factors including:
- Wrong breastfeeding techniques
- Wrong position of the child when breastfeeding
- Improper care nipples

For many women, there is no clear cause to explain the pain. By simply changing the baby’s position while feeding may reduce or eliminate the nipple pain.

You can have swollen nipples if child don’t stops sucking when you want to pull him away. You can help baby learn to let go of the nipple (and thus reduce discomfort) by gently placing a finger on one side to break the sucking mouth.

Too dry or too oily skin can also result in an inflamed nipple. Olive oil, a little breast milk and ointments containing lanolin may be helpful for cracked or dry nipples. Some babies chew or bite nipples when the first teeth erupt.

Fullness and engorgement of the breasts

Breast fullness involve slow accumulation of blood and breast milk few days after birth. It is a sign that breast milk is produced. This will not stop breastfeeding.

Engorgement is caused by congestion of blood vessels in the breasts. Breasts are swollen, hard and painful. Nipples are not prominent enough to allow the baby to suck properly. Milk ejection reflex is a normal part of breastfeeding.

Recommendations include:
- Relaxation and finding a comfortable position for breastfeeding
- Make a light massage of the breasts or you can apply some heat on the breast
- Breastfeeding frequency (8 or more feedings within 24 hours) involving at least 15 minutes sucking on each breast, can prevent engorgement.

Breast infection

Breast infection (mastitis) causes: muscle pain, fever, redness and burning sensation in the breasts.

Breast infections often occur in mothers who:
- Are stressed and tired
- Have cracked nipples, clogged ducts or breast engorgement present
- No regular nursing
- Wear too tight bras

Treatment includes:
- Antibiotics for infections
- Wet and warm compresses on the infected area
- Rest
- Wearing a comfortable bra between feedings

You can continue breastfeeding on the affected side to encourage healing. Breast milk is safe for children, even when you have a breast infection. It is important to continue breastfeeding from both breasts. This will prevent future breast engorgement.

If breastfeeding is uncomfortable, we recommend using the electric pump or hand milking. You can try to give first for breastfeeding the unaffected breast until it is emptied to prevent discomfort. Consult your doctor for help.



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