Sunday, June 14, 2015

Treatment/ Prevention of Breast Feeding Pain

Is it normal to feel pain during or after nursing?
If your baby is latched on properly, you may have 30 to 60 seconds of pain (from the nipple and areola being pulled into your baby's mouth), then the pain should ease. But if you continue to feel pain, stop feeding momentarily and re-position your baby on your breast. If the pain persists, something else might be going on.
If your baby consistently latches on wrong, sucking on your nipple without getting much of your areola in the mouth, you'll probably feel discomfort throughout each feeding. Sometimes moms say it's painful or feels like a pinch as their babies nurse. And you'll probably have sore, cracked nipples in no time. Consulting with a lactation consultant or your doctor can help with these situations.
Treatment/ Prevention:

  • If breasts continue to be full and uncomfortable, apply cold compresses to both breasts. The cold will feel good and decrease the swelling (baggies full of frozen peas work well as cold compresses).
  • Take a warm shower (breasts); hot washcloths on your breasts; or lean over a sink or basin to let your breasts rest in the warm water prior to nursing.
  • Massage your breasts comfortably to promote milk flow.
  • An engorged breast may be flattening your nipple, making it more difficult for your baby to latch on. Use hand expression of milk to soften the areola just before latch on.
  • Feed your baby on demand, approximately every one to two and half hours for at least 15 minutes of suckling on each breast. Do not skip feedings.
  • Wear a supportive bra and get in a comfortable and supported position for feedings. Avoid underwire and tight fitted bras.
  • Consult a lactation consultant or doctor for additional assistance.