My Poor Sore Breasts
In the early days of breastfeeding it is not unusual for mom to experience sore and tender breasts. This must be taken seriously however, as an infection can of course effect mother and baby.
How can I alleviate this condition?
Firstly remember that it is not unusual to experience sore breasts. Secondly take it seriously and find out what it is that is causing the soreness.
There are four common conditions listed in the article following which may well be the cause. However always consult a professional diagnosis if the condition does not subside or worsens. Breastfeeding should be a pleasurable experience …… read on
Experiencing problems when breastfeeding for the first time is completely normal and you should have nothing to worry about if you are encountering any problem.
Let’s have a closer look at the problems to sort them out in a better way:
The primary reason why the nipples become sore is the fact that your baby is probably not attaching properly to the breast. Tenderness in the first few days of breastfeeding is expected but actual pain is not a good sign.
If your nipples are extremely sore, you can use a breast pump to express your milk or use your hand which is gentler. If your milk is not let down at the beginning of the feed, it will hurt. Try triggering your letdown before your baby starts to feed because once the milk starts flowing, the pain eases. The problem of sore nipples is usually short lived and will vanish.
Both thrush or bacteria might sometimes infect cracked nipples. A course of antibiotics might also be the reason for the development of thrush. Shooting pain in the breast and sore nipples are symptoms of these nipple infections.
Blocked Milk Ducts
You probably have a blocked milk duct if you feel fine but a sore lump has appeared in your breast.
In order to break the lump, a hot shower should be taken and the lump should be massaged under water. Soften the lump before feeding by using a warm compress. Try expressing by hand if frequent feeding is ineffective. Fitting of the bra should be checked and it should be removed during feeding. Positioning your baby properly can also help.
In the first few weeks of breast feeding, it is normal for a woman to have swollen breasts. But a woman might be suffering from mastitis if the breast is swollen, inflamed or red.
In addition to that, a doctor should be consulted immediately because inflammation and infection need antibiotics for healing.