Carefree breastfeeding sometimes seems like an elusive mission to new mothers. Problems with breastfeeding can occur, but they are not difficult to solve.
Breastfeeding is a natural process and most mothers master it easily, but for some mothers it can be a strange, uncomfortable and sometimes unproductive experience at first. Don’t worry, it happened to others too. There may be some problems, but with the right guidelines, there is no room for concern.
That wonderful breastfeeding
If you are able to breastfeed, a wonderful period awaits you in which you give the baby the best possible food, and at the same time you accelerate your recovery after birth. In addition, breastfed babies have fewer respiratory problems, ear infections, colds, diseases than those babies who are fed formula.
Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of getting type 1 and 2 diabetes, leukemia, and heart disease in children. Breast milk is easier to digest, so these babies suffer less from constipation and allergies.
This is also a great option for mothers, because oxytocin, which is released during breastfeeding, helps mothers recover faster, and thus reduces the risk of cancer and some heart diseases. Breast milk is free, temperatures are always right, and the amount of fat even changes according to the baby’s needs.
It is important that you hold the baby properly during breastfeeding and that she accepts food well, that the position is good. Read more about how to take care of it in the text A small guide to successful breastfeeding. If you did not hold the baby properly, next to the breast and if she did not accept the breast properly, nipple pain can occur.
After the birth, in the initial period, the breasts will be hard and not flowing, but that is normal, and as soon as the baby starts to pump milk properly, in a few days, there will be no such problems.
Infections, pain and mastitis can also occur, if you notice increased chest pain, large swellings and flu symptoms, it is possible that there has been a “blockage” and infection. Be sure to see a doctor in that case.
Try to offer both breasts to both babies equally, and keep in mind that you can spoil breastfeeding if you include a bottle too early (whether it is breast milk or formula).
All these problems sometimes prevent mothers from breastfeeding, which is wrong, because there is a solution for everything.
– During breastfeeding, hard breasts can appear, as in the beginning. The solution to this is regular breastfeeding (even if you feel a little pain and discomfort). It is possible that in this case, the nipples are retracted, which makes it difficult for the child to draw milk. You can try holding the breast with your hand or using a milk pump to “pull out” the nipple. However, do not overdo it because you can make the condition worse. Do not use the pump for more than 5 minutes. It is also important to use a suitable pump. It is necessary for the pump to have a head part (which rests on the breast) large enough to pull out the nipple. If it is too small, it can damage the nipple and cause pain.
Before breastfeeding, use warm compresses or shower with warm water to encourage milk flow.
And massage can help. Knead the breasts lightly in a circular motion – start from the lower part of the breast towards the nipple. If the pain is still present, you can take brufen as a last resort, which is safe during breastfeeding.
– Painful nipples are common during breastfeeding. Otherwise, they are most sensitive on the fourth day after birth. The pain appears in the first minute of breastfeeding, but over time it passes. Bruises and cracks on the nipples can also occur, especially if the child does not accept the breast well. There are creams to relieve pain and your doctor may prescribe them. You can also rinse your nipples in saline solution. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Keep your breasts in that solution for a minute or two. Dry lightly with a towel. Wash the nipples before breastfeeding.
During this period, let the breasts breathe a little, the wounds recover and put on cold compresses. If the pain is not too great, you can continue to breastfeed or express milk for a while.
Constipation and mastitis
If you ignore the difficult flow of milk, swollen breasts and clogged pathways, mastitis can also occur. In the text Mastitis – inflammation of the breasts and breastfeeding, read how to solve this problem. By no means ignore the symptoms: breast pain, fever, enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit,…
Some children, when their first teeth appear, start biting their nipples. This, of course, can be very painful for the mother. If the child starts biting, immediately remove it from the breast and give him a toy for his teeth. Try breastfeeding a little later.
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