New mums can face common obstacles regarding Breastfeeding during the first few weeks after childbirth, but with smart tips they can easily overpass this period.
Here down the most common Breastfeeding Problems and treatments:
Sore, cracked nipples are, unfortunately, par for the nursing course. But if they’re particularly sensitive, it can be because your baby has improper positioning and latch. And if your nipples are pink, burning or crusty, it may be due to a yeast infection
Treatment: Check that your breastfeeding position is correct and your baby is latching onto both your areola and nipple. After feedings, expose your breasts to air for a few minutes if possible and then rub a lanolin cream or even your own breast milk on your nipples to help reduce the discomfort. Stamp out thrush with an antifungal cream (usually for both you and your baby) recommended by your doctor.
Sometimes a milk duct can become clogged, causing milk to back up and resulting in a painful lump.
Treatment: Don’t give up! Breastfeeding keeps the milk flowing, which will eventually unclog the duct. In the meantime, be sure your bra isn’t too tight, apply a warm compress before nursing, drain your affected breast every time you feed and massage the lump before and during each feeding.
Many women with implants have no problems nursing at all. But sometimes an incision may have cut through your nerves or milk ducts. And implants that are located on top of your chest muscles are more likely to interfere with lactation.
Treatment: If your implants reduce your milk supply, a breast pump may give you a boost. And a lactation consultant can offer other tips to increase your milk supply and/or make feedings more comfortable.
After birth, your breasts will become rock hard as your milk supply ratchets up — so much so that you might barely be able to lift your arms.
Treatment: Fortunately the worst pain should subside within a couple of days and be virtually gone within a few weeks of breastfeeding. Until then, ease discomfort by nursing frequently, using a warm compress before feeding and a cold compress after, massaging your breasts while feeding, switching up positions and wearing a well-fitted nursing bra.
Leaking, dripping and spraying breasts are common, especially in the first few weeks following delivery as your milk’s supply-and-demand cycle gets up and running. You’re most likely to leak when you hear or even think about your baby, which can stimulate let-down.