There are certain questions about breastfeeding that worry all mothers, both new and veteran.
Several days after delivery, strong cramps in uterus appear while breastfeeding. This is perfectly normal. The shrinking of the uterus is helped by breastfeeding.
After the initial 30 to 60 seconds, breastfeeding pain should decrease. If not, the baby should be repositioned in order to latch on properly. If the pain continues, something else may be wrong. If baby latches on incorrectly all the time, cracked nipples could result.
An infection of milk ducts is called mastitis. Its symptoms are sore breasts, with hard areas or red streaks, followed by flu-like symptoms. A doctor should be consulted to confirm the diagnosis. Mastitis is easy to treat with antibiotics.
The cause of pain may also be a yeast (or thrush) infection. The symptoms of yeast infection are pain that appears during, as well as after feedings and also painful nipples that are changed in color or have a rash or blisters.
Babies may get oral thrush.
Plugged milk duct appears as sore breasts with lump. Warm showers and massages should be used in order to unclog the duct. If not treated, this may turn into mastitis.
Women with flat or inverted nipples may also experience pain and should consult a doctor about how the problem may be helped.
It is important to make sure that the baby latches correctly when breastfeeding. A doctor should be consulted about choosing a breastfeeding lotion.
Breast milk may be applied onto the nipples. Feeding may be organized differently, by adjusting periods or changing sides and positions for feeding.
It is a good idea to warm the breasts up just before feeding by using a warm cloth or a warm bottle. Also, cool compresses after feeding may help. Massaging the sore area before nursing will help to release clogged milk. A lot of rest and fluids are also recommended. Two or three days of using breast pumps instead of nursing can help the nipples to heal. If breastfeeding is followed by constant pain, a doctor should be consulted.
It is also recommended to continue breastfeeding during an infection, because it can help to clear up the problems.
It is also a normal thing for breasts to become engorged (hard and swollen) at the beginning of the breastfeeding process. This is known as primary engorgement. It can be painful and lasts for a few days. Frequent breastfeeding can help with this problem as well.