Quick Tips to Reduce Pain While Breastfeeding
Did you know the number one reason women quit breastfeeding is because of pain?! It’s World Breastfeeding Week and in honor of all the breastfeeding mommas who are struggling with pain here are the top 5 reasons you may be having pain and 1 quick way of changing it:
1. Improper latch. The pain starts immediately when baby latches to your nipple and doesn’t go away after a few suckles. Instead of breaking the latch, try gently pulling your baby’s chin down and applying slight pressure at the base of your baby’s head to help your baby open wider while staying latched.
2. Nipple damage (usually due to improper latch or tongue tie). Fix the latch! Or tongue tie! And apply lanolin, coconut oil, or expressed breast milk to your nipple before and after a feeding.
3. Thrush. Does your baby have a white film on their tongue that doesn’t wipe off? Do you have a sharp, shooting pain across your breast? Does your breast look a bit red or inflamed? Call your provider to be treated for candida of the breast. Baby should be treated too. Check out Jack Newman’s Candida protocol for natural remedies.
4. Clogged duct. You may have a painful, tiny lump around your areola. Keep breastfeeding or pumping! Use a warm cloth or take a warm shower and gently massage affected area.
5. Mastitis. Do you feel like you have the flu? Achy, fever, tired, pain in you breast(s)? If so, contact you provider to initiate treatment for mastitis. The best remedy is antibiotics so it doesn’t turn into an abscess. And keep on breastfeeding or pumping even while on antibiotics.
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