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How to Avoid Unpleasant Situations When Breastfeeding?

During the whole breastfeeding process you may encounter some unpleasant situations. Sometimes breasts may clog with milk, while other times may harden or become more painful. During these moments it`s important to give up breastfeeding and know how to overcome the situations.

At the beginning of breastfeeding a lot women feel a sensation of tingling or burning in their nipples. Because of this you need to pay attention to your breasts because moisture or dry skin may cause pains. The simplest solution is to stop breastfeeding for a while or let your nipples with milk on them and wait them to dry.

If the breasts aren`t emptied by regular breastfeeding, mammary ducts can get clogged leading to your breasts becoming harden and more painful.

After 2 or 3 days since birth when the milk starts to appear, you may feel your breasts full, heavier and more sensitive. This moment is known as the “milk`s rage” or the primary engorgement. Your nipples might seem flattened due to the increase of breasts` volume. The genuine engorgement may appear anytime during breastfeeding and to characterize through:

  • The discomfort and swelling of breasts;
  • Severe and constant pains;
  • Numbness and tingling in arms and fingers;
  • The increase of temperature;
  • Difficulty in extracting the milk even with a pump.

These unpleasant situations may be removed by encouraging the baby to feed more often facilitating the breasts to become empty. A breast pump could also help.

After a few days of breastfeeding you may experience on your nipple or areola wounds known as rhagades. One of the reasons that cause them is dry skin and moisture, but also a wrong technique of breastfeeding.

5 Advices to Prevent Rhagades

  • Place the baby to your breast properly. He must grab with his mouth as much from the breast as he can, including the nipple and a big part from the areola;
  • When you finish feeding him, wait a little time for your nipples to dry;
  • Avoid rubbing your nipples from your clothes by wearing a bra;
  • Wash your breasts with soup that has a neutral PH (even without soup if you must). The glands from the areolas secrete a lubricating substance that has an important role in maintaining the suppleness of the nipple preventing dryness;
  • Apply a special cream for breasts after each breastfeeding session.

Another unpleasant situation during breastfeeding but which start suddenly is mastitis.

Mastitis is an infection of the breast and is characterized through symptoms such as: the presence of a painful area at touch accompanied by fever, chills, headache or vomiting, just as you would have a several cold or flu. In such a situation you need to consult a specialist as soon as possible. Even if you`ll be prescribed an antibiotic, this won`t mean you`ll interrupt the breastfeeding.

During breastfeeding you can prevent your breast to harden or clog by following some simple advices:

Unpleasant Situations When Breastfeeding

  • Massage your breast while you feed your baby from its base towards the nipple. This technique makes the milk from all mammary ducts not to clog and flow smoothly;
  • Massage your breasts with a cream that you may use for your baby as well. Do this as soon as you feel them harden;
  • Use a breast pump;
  • If you feel your breasts full, apply cold compresses (not from your refrigerator) on them for 5 to 10 minutes;
  • Use a light nursing bra that won`t be too tight or wide. It`s recommended to have at least 2;
  • If you use breasts pads between the breastfeeding sessions, choose a reliable brand. These need to be changed immediately after they`ve been dipped with milk to avoid causing infections;
  • An increased level of fatigue might make your breast harden. After you fed your baby, it`s best if you could take a nap with him if possible.
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