Over 80% of new mothers give breastfeeding a go but only a small proportion of them stick with it. The technique is something that has to learned by both you and your baby and so patience is definitely required. There are issues than can arise to put mothers off breastfeeding, most of which can be easily overcome. Overcoming these issues may also help increase your breast milk supply if they are hindering it.
This is one of the main reasons why women give up on breastfeeding which is a shame as it is normally only a short term problem. During the first week or two of breastfeeding it is completely normal for mothers to feel some discomfort as their body adjusts and becomes familiar with nursing. However, this should subside fairly quickly as your nipple tissues adjust. If after two weeks you find that your nipples are
cracked, bleeding, or if you are experiencing a stinging sensation then you should see your doctor as it should have become pain free by this time. One of the most common causes of soreness will be that the baby isn’t properly latched on. Your midwife should be able to properly advise you and demonstrate the correct breastfeeding technique. If your nipples have become sore then there are a number of things that you can do to help them get better. Try wearing a cotton bra as cotton allows air to circulate to the nipple area. You should also make sure that your nipple is fully dry before you get dressed as the trapped moisture can aggravate the problem as well.
This is a condition where the breast becomes red, painful and inflamed. Mastitis is normally caused by a blocked milk duct or other breastfeeding problems. There is also a type of Mastitis known as ‘infectious Mastitis’ which is caused by a bacteria. Around 1 in every 10 women who breastfeed will experience Mastitis. It will normally occur within the first three months after your baby is born. You will
likely find that your doctor will continue to encourage you to nurse even with this condition. There are a number of reasons for this. One of them being that continued breastfeeding can help to dislodge or remove trapped breast milk from the breast which will help the condition heal quicker.
Thrush is a very common yeast infection in women. When breastfeeding it can be passed from mother to baby and so it should be dealt with quickly. Yeast thrives in warm and moist areas which mean that a baby’s mouth and mother’s breast are a perfect breeding ground. Symptoms of thrush in mothers include sore and uncomfortable nipples. In baby’s you should look for white patches on the inside of their mouth. Antifungal treatment is required so visit your doctor if you think you or your child has developed this problem.
This post was written by a fabulous guest blogger. Vicky works alongside http://lornadrew.com who make breastfeeding bras and nursing lingerie. She loves to write about all things relating to pregnancy and parenting.