What comes to your thoughts when you’re planning to, or maybe if you already are on the family way?
Being a parent?
How to raise the child?
Yes, these are undoubtedly the most important thoughts that’ll strike you. But there’s something more, and perhaps carries the highest level of importance in every woman’s life.
When you become a mother, your child’s well-being is your first priority. The well-being of your baby depends on nutrition, which comes from breast milk.
The first and foremost step to give them the best nutrition that makes them strong enough to fight viruses at a young age is to breastfeed your child. Mother’s milk/ breast milk contains complex proteins carbohydrates lipids and many other biologically active components which are essential for your child’s growth and development physically as well as mentally.
So, like it is said that there is no gain without some pain, sometimes there can be some breastfeeding problems making it painful for you to feed your child. However, following a few tips for healthy and easy breastfeeding might help you improve your baby’s growth and health and ease your pain.
To begin with, it is important to list down a few breastfeeding problems that are quite a common concern for many new moms.
Latching pain: Some amount of breast pain during breastfeeding is considered to be normal, especially if you’re a first-timer. But if your baby latches and the breast pain during breastfeeding lasts for a prolonged period while feeding, you must first check the positioning of your baby.
Cracked nipples: It is the most painful of all the other breastfeeding problems. Cracked nipples are usually the result of dry skin and most likely, occur due to latching problems while breastfeeding. Breast pain during breastfeeding is intense, yet is one of the common breastfeeding problems that most women are bound to face. You might experience blood discharge when your baby starts learning to latch to your breast, or when you are just beginning to pump milk for your baby.
Clogged ducts: Clogged ducts is one of the most painful types of breastfeeding problems which is seen in many women. The milk does not drain completely causing calcification inside the breast. You might experience soreness and redness in your breast. You might also feel feverish with body pains which is a clear sign of an infection that could be developing.
Engorgement or excessive milk supply: Engorgement is one of those troublesome breastfeeding problems when the baby finds it difficult to latch on to your breast. It happens because of the calcification that makes your breast hard and the baby is unable to identify the duct. It is necessary to pump out the excess milk if the baby does not drink completely during every breastfeeding session.
Low milk supply: Breastfeeding is like a demand and supply process. Newborn babies need to be breastfed every 2 hours. Breastfeeding plays a significant role in your baby’s weight gain and health improvement.
Thrush: Thrush is an infection that develops in your baby’s mouth, which has the potential to spread to your breasts. It causes extreme itching, soreness, allergic rashes.
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Let’s take a quick glance on tips for easy breastfeeding.
- Look for the signs of your baby wanting to feed. Licking lips or putting hands in the mouth are signs of the baby wanting to feed. The last stage of the baby showing signs of hunger is to cry.
- Bring your baby closer to your breast, than bending forward towards your baby.
- Hold your baby in a position supporting the neck and shoulders firmly.
- Line up our baby’s nose with your nipple so that his mouth reaches the underside of your breast making it easy to drink the milk.
- Keep your nipples moisturised. It helps ease pain caused due to cracking of nipples and prevents them from further dryness.
- Use a breast pump to pump out the excess milk time to time to avoid hard lumps being formed inside the breasts. These lumps cause breast pain during breastfeeding.
- Inverted nipples is one of the most common breastfeeding problems many women face. Use suction devices to correct your nipples if they are inverted.
- Pump the excess milk more often, and not for a longer duration. When you don’t pump often and the milk remains in the breast, apart from calcification of the milk, the cells might also stop milk production resulting in low milk supply to the baby.
These are some essential points about breastfeeding problems that you must know while you step into motherhood. It is indeed an experience not so easy, yet the most important and wonderful phase of every woman’s life. So, if you want to know more about coping with breastfeeding problems, we’re here to help you know more and know better. Watch out for more articles to come and walk towards being the best parent to your child.
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