Breastfeeding is a natural process beneficial to your health and your baby, but it is not always easy and trouble-free. New mothers may face more difficulties with the positioning of the baby in the breast, stimulation of lactation, identification or treatment of mastitis, clogged galactophore channels and other conditions that may occur during breastfeeding.
Discover the most effective solutions to the problems that occur frequently when breastfeeding!
Lactation decline occurs when you are not breastfeeding your baby regularly, when you suffer from hormonal imbalances or anatomical malformations of the breast (which make breastfeeding difficult).
Medications taken during breastfeeding can also interfere with milk production. Eliminating or treating the cause helps the body to produce the milk that baby needs daily.
Remember that frequent breastfeeding is the best way to stimulate lactation. You can help lactation by consuming foods that increase milk production in the body - barley, almonds, oats - or some herbal teas - nettle or fennel.
Cracked and bloody nipples
Frequent feeding of the baby to the breast often leads to the appearance of cracked or painful nipples or nipples. There are common problems that many breastfeeding mothers face, but for which there are fast and efficient solutions.
Gentle massage of the nipples with ointment with lanolin or olive oil contributes not only to the relief of pain and discomfort, but also to prevent the occurrence of these problems throughout the entire period of breastfeeding the baby.
Very effective in this regard is Bepanthen ointment, also used to protect the skin of babies against fungal erythema. The active ingredients in Bepanthen are dexpanthenol, which stimulates breast cell regeneration and wound healing, and lanolin, which creates protection against external factors, being the only ingredient accepted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration - American Association for Food and Drugs) for breast care during breastfeeding.
Breast numbing is another common problem that occurs during breastfeeding. It is characterized by a discomfort or sensitivity caused by the excessive filling of the breasts with milk.
To avoid this discomfort, it is advisable to feed the baby on request, alternating breasts frequently. If your little one is sleeping for very long periods of time or you are not near the baby at meal time, try to wake your baby to feed him or her, and to breastfeed and collect milk, then store it in the fridge or freezer.
Galactophore channels blocked (clogged)
Galactophore channels tend to get clogged when you take too long breaks between breastfeeding or when you put too much pressure on your breasts (sleep on your tummy, too small bra gates, etc.).
The channels through which the milk circulates and reaches the baby are blocked with milk clots and make it impossible to properly breastfeed the baby. The clogging of the canals can also occur as a result of other conditions commonly encountered during this period: breastfeeding or mastitis (infection with "yeast").
Elimination of the causes, the correct positioning of the baby in the breast and frequent breastfeeding helps to break down the channels and to restore the normal process of breast feeding. The constant massage of the breasts and the application of compresses with hot water also contribute to the reduction of inflammation, to the relief of the pain and to the opening of the galactophore ducts.
Incorrect positioning of the baby in the breast
There are several positions where you can hold the baby in the breast during breastfeeding, which it is good to alternate constantly. But for any of them you choose, it is important to make sure that the baby is properly breastfed during breastfeeding.
Otherwise, the child swallows a lot of air, which leads to severe colic. In addition, the baby may not suck enough milk for a breastfeeding baby and thus, nutritional deficiencies may occur.
It is important for you to stay as relaxed as possible, in a comfortable position, when you want to breastfeed the baby. Support the child on an arm, with the head placed on the level of the breast, so that his nose is positioned next to the nipple. Gently touch her lip and wait for the baby to open the mouth (it will reflex).
Correct positioning means that you, as a mom, make sure that the nipple penetrates to the base of the mouth so that the baby has all the areola in his mouth. In this position, he exerts pressure on the galactophore sinuses, located below and thus causes the milk to flow.
What other problems did you face during breastfeeding and how did you deal with them? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below!
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