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Problems With Breastfeeding

By Medically reviewed by Duyen Le, MD.

Since you jumped start the life of a new mom, many problems start to arise. Among those issues, the earliest and common one is probably troubles with breastfeeding.

What are the common breastfeeding problems?

Problems with breastfeeding may include:

  • Soreness or cracks of the nipples
  • Lack of breast milk
  • Engorgement of the breasts
  • Blocked milk ducts
  • Excessive breast milk
  • Improper latching technique of the baby
  • Thrush while breastfeeding
  • Mastitis
  • Breast abscess
  • Breastfeeding and tongue tie

Why do I have these problems?

Soreness or cracks of the nipples

In your first 3-7 days of nursing your baby, you are more likely to experience sore nipples. It occurs when your baby attaches to the breast in wrong positions. Once you notice your sore nipples, get help right away since the pain and discomfort will not ease with time. In contrast, they just get worse.

Lack of breast milk

It is more a feeling than a condition. When a woman starts to breastfeed her baby, she may have a worry that the milk she produces is not enough for the baby’s need. However, after a while, you will learn that the baby is on a good nursing. Each time you feed your little one, offer him both of your breasts. Such way of alternating will stimulate your milk supply.

Breast engorgement

Breast engorgement is a condition when the breast is swollen with full of milk. You may feel it hard, tight and painful. Engorgement appears in the very first days of breastfeeding. However, once that milk supply matches your baby’s need, things will be OK. Engorgement also occurs when your baby grows older and refuses to take your milk. Thus, it’s maybe the sign telling you to start giving him some solid food.

Your baby is not latching on in the proper way

To your surprise, breastfeeding is actually a skill that both the mom and the baby need to learn. It may take a while before things go on its way. You will know your baby is not latching on properly if after the nursing, you feel painful while your baby does not seem satisfied.

Excess breast milk

There are times when a woman produces too much milk for her baby to feed on. It’s best to know why this condition happens. So, get help from your midwife or a breastfeeding specialist.

Breastfeeding and thrush

When you nipples get cracks or damages, thrush infections may develop. It is the candida fungus that let thrush enter your nipple or breast.

Blocked milk duct

Persisting breast engorgement can result in a blocked milk duct. Blocked milk ducks bring on small, tender lumps in your breast. Feed your child more with the affected breast and thing may be solved.

Mastitis

Mastitis is the inflammation of the breast. It happens when a milk duct remains blocked after quite a period of time. Mastitis makes your breast feel hot and painful while you experience flu-like symptoms. To help with the situation, keep on breastfeeding but try to use the tender breast. After 12-24 hours, if things do not get better or become worse, go to your GP for treatment. You may need some antibiotics.

Breast abscess

Persisting mastitis may bring about a breast abscess. With breast abscess, you need a surgical drainage.

Breastfeeding and tongue tie

Tongue tie refers to the condition in which the baby’s strip of skin attaching the tongue to the floor of the mouth is shorter than usual. This happens in about 4-11% of babies.

Tongue tie, while causing no inconvenience to some babies, can make it hard for others to breastfeed since it prevents the tongue from moving easily. Tongue tie can be treated, luckily.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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