General Problems While Breast Feeding?

Breastfeeding can be done successfully by a combination of patience, good technique and support. When becoming familiar to the technique, it becomes more easier and enjoyable. These are the following problems:

  • Going out

When taking the baby out with yourself, then breast feeding is not a big problem. But, if the baby has to be kept with a family member or baby sitter, then look for explore several options for feeding the baby, such as expressing your milk, so that the caregiver can give it to your baby.

  • Sexuality

The mother must feed the baby before having sex, so that the breasts become softer, more comfortable and less likely to leak. During nipple stimulation and orgasm the milk may begin leaking. The quality of milk lets one to know how well the breasts are functioning.

  • Breastfeeding in public

Most of the mothers are concerned about breastfeeding in public.During breast feeding, one can place a baby blanket or a shawl   over the nursing infant. A sweater that pulls up or a blouse that can be unbuttoned from the bottom can also be used. Most   slings can also be used for discreet nursing.

Most of the shopping malls have large ladies lounges for comfortable breastfeeding. Many stores also provide changing tables. A support group is always available for nursing mothers for encouragement, answers and tips on ways to manage going out with the baby.

  • Inverted or flat nipples

Initial breast feeding may be difficult with flat or inverted nipples, but most women manage to breastfeed successfully.

  • Engorgement

Breast is filled with milk within two to three days after birth. Engorgement is caused by increased blood supply, fluids and milk in the breast tissue. If enough milk is not removed, because of a skipped or limited feeding time, then the breasts become tender and engorged. An engorged breast may flatten nipple and make it harder for the baby to latch-on.

  • Sore nipples

Main reason of nipple soreness is nipple trauma, because of incorrect positioning of the baby on the breast. However, even with proper positioning, some women may experience short term latch-on soreness.

  • Nipple preference

The baby should be breastfed for the first four weeks without using bottles. Some babies might reject the breast if given bottles while they are learning to breastfeed. Babies have to use the jaw muscles and tongue during breastfeeding which is a very good exercise for them. Milk flows faster during bottle feeding, and your baby gets milk instantly with little effort. More active suckling is necessary when breastfeeding.

  • Plugged ducts

Sometimes milk ducts are clogged due to incomplete emptying or continued pressure on one or more ducts. If this happens, the mother may feel a hard, lumpy, painful area on her breast.

  • Mastitis

Mastitis is a breast infection. Fatigue is the main reason of mastitis. Sometimes a plugged duct will become infected or bacteria will enter the breast through another route, such as an open sore on the areola or nipple.

A red, hard, hot and painful area is found on the breast. The body temperature may be greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and feel as flu.