However beautiful it is, breastfeeding can be hard, especially during the first few weeks. I was very lucky to be able to have a lactation consultant come to my home and give me some wonderful advice. Today, I want to share some of the tips and advice that have helped me to nurse my son for 20 months and now my daughter for hopefully just as long or longer!
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Try different positions
You can read more about different positions you can nurse in here.
You really need to be careful with your chest. Um, sounds weird, right? But really, if you are going out and about in the cold, it’s important to make sure you are bundled up to prevent your breasts/chest from getting too cold.
The first time I went out after Natasha’s birth, I didn’t close my coat all the way and it was pretty chilly. As soon as I came home (45 minutes later), I had a clogged duct beginning. It was so painful and only about a week after she was born! It was horrible and I regretted not taking a few extra seconds to take better care of myself.
If you get a clogged duct or mastitis
First things first, contact your doctor or specialist if you have any concerns! Mastitis ought to be treated by a doctor, and can have serious and painful side effects. It’s best to prevent serious complications however – if you detect any harder spots in your breasts, it’s time to take action.
Massage any harder spots prior to and during a feeding. This will help built up milk pass through. It’s better to do this during a feeding with your baby as they can suck more efficiently than a pump. Also, during a shower, be sure to try to massage the ‘lump’ away.
Prior to nursing, apply warmth to your breast to help the milk pass through and ease pain. You could use a heating pad. If you don’t have one, you can grab a clean diaper, pour warm water on it and place that on your breast for a few minutes before nursing.
To ease pain in between nursing, apply cold. For this, a not used diaper also works! If you fill a diaper with water and freeze it, it somehow stays it a pretty convenient shape for applying to your breast. The cold can really help to ease pain in between nursing sessions, whether it comes from a clogged duct, mastitis or just from nursing itself!
A few more things to pay attention to
If you do experience significant pain, there could be a few more things causing it. Proper latch is very important. If your baby doesn’t latch onto the breast correctly, this could cause not only serious amounts of pain, but a reduction in milk supply.
Another reason for pain could be a tongue tie. This is when a baby has a piece of skin between the underside of the tongue and floor of the mouth that is too tight or short. This is a problem as a tongue tie prevents a baby’s tongue from moving during nursing, causing an improper latch. A tongue tie also prevents a baby from opening his or her mouth wide and far enough to latch properly onto both the nipple and surrounding breast tissue.
This can lead to problems not only with nursing, but later on with speaking and eating. That means you should definitely ask your doctor if you suspect your child has this. A tongue tie can be rectified with medical intervention.
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