Breast Feeding Complications
Sore nipplesSore nipplesA lot of mothers complain about tender nipples thatmake breast feeding painful and frustrating. There is good news though, as most mothers don’t sufferthat long. The nipples will toughen up quickly and render breast feeding virtually painless.
Improperly positioned babies or babies that suckreally hard can make the breasts extremely sore.Below, are some ways to ease your discomfort: 1. Make sure your baby is in the correctposition, since a baby that isn’t positioned correctlyis the number one cause of sore nipples. 2. Once you have finished feeding, expose your breasts to the air and try to protect them fromclothing and other irritations. 3. After breast feeding, apply some ultrapurified, medical grade lanolin, making sure to avoidpetroleum jelly and other products with oil. 4. Make sure to wash your nipples with waterand not with soap. 5. Many women find teabags ran under cold water to provide some relief when placed on thenipples. 6. Make sure you vary your position each timewith feeding to ensure that a different area of thenipple is being compressed each time.
Clogged milk ductsClogged milk ducts can be identified as small, red tenderlumps on the tissue of the breast. Clogged ducts can cause the milk to back up and lead to infection. The best way to unclog these ducts is to ensure that you’ve emptied as completely as possible. You should offerthe clogged breast first at feeding time, then let your baby empty it as much as possible.
If milk remains after the feeding, the remaining amountshould be removed by hand or with a pump. You shouldalso keep pressure off the duct by making sure yourbra is not too tight.
Breast infectionAlso known as mastititis, breast infection is normallydue to empty breasts completely out of milk, germsgaining entrance to the milk ducts through cracks orfissures in the nipple, and decreased immunity in themother due to stress or inadequate nutrition.
The symptoms of breast infection include severe painor soreness, hardness of the breast, redness of the breast, heat coming from the area, swelling, or evenchills.
The treatment of breast infection includes bed rest,antibiotics, pain relievers, increased fluid intake,and applying heat. Many women will stop breast feedingduring an infection, although it’s actually the wrongthing to do. By emptying the breasts, you’ll actually help to prevent clogged milk ducts.
If the pain is so bad you can’t feed, try using a pump while laying in a tub of warm water with yourbreasts floating comfortably in the water. You shouldalso make sure that the pump isn’t electric if youplan to use it in the bath tub.
You should always make sure that breast infectionsare treated promptly and completely or you may risk the chance of abscess. An abscess is very painful, involving throbbing and swelling. You’llalso experience swelling, tenderness, and heat inthe area of the abscess. If the infection progressesthis far, your doctor may prescribe medicine and even surgery.