3 Aug 2022 | 4 min Read
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Whether you are an experienced mum who has breastfed before, or a new mum nursing for the first time, you might run into several breastfeeding challenges, especially in the early days. Blocked Ducts, mastitis, and cracked nipples are some of the common challenges of breastfeeding.
Here’s everything you need to know about these challenges and tips to deal with them.
Blocked milk ducts are small, hard lumps in the breast that are formed when the breast milk clogs up and blocks the narrow milk ducts. This means that the breast milk cannot freely flow through the duct and the area around the blocked duct becomes tender, swollen, and red.
Here’s what you can do about it.
Mastitis is a breast infection that refers to the swelling or inflammation of the breast tissue. Issues like breast engorgement and blocked milk ducts while breastfeeding, fatigue, or illness can also lead to mastitis. You might suspect mastitis if you have redness or tenderness of the breast and have flu-like symptoms.
Here’s what you can do.
According to medical research, 38% of breastfeeding mums experience cracked nipples which make the process of breastfeeding uncomfortable. Cracked nipples during breastfeeding can arise from problems with the baby’s latch and if the little one is unable to find the optimal position. It can also result from using a breast pump, especially if the pump flange is too small.
Here’s how you can cure cracked nipples.
Most of the common challenges of breastfeeding are resolved within a few weeks. However, it is advisable to consult a lactation consultant who can help you find ways to make breastfeeding easier for you and the infant. The earlier you can identify and deal with the challenge, the better it will be for you and your little one as breast milk is your baby’s only source of nutrition in the initial months.
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