Sore Nipples

Sore nipples can be a big problem for some new moms. There will naturally be some soreness when you first begin breastfeeding, but this should go away as baby gets better at latching on. If the pain continues, it is important to find out why and solve the problem. Moms with sore nipples sometimes delay feedings, and that can affect milk supply. Here are some ideas to help you solve a sore-nipple problem:

Engorged Breasts

A few days after giving birth your milk will “come in”. For most women, this involves a feeling of fullness, heaviness, and possibly some tenderness and warmth. However, sometimes this normal fullness can develop into engorgement – especially if baby is not nursing frequently and effectively.

When breasts are engorged, they become hard and the skin gets taut. They are extremely tender. The nipple may flatten out, making it even harder for baby to nurse. You may also feel achy and run a low-grade fever.

Plugged Ducts and Mastitis

Most women who breastfeed will experience plugged ducts at one time or another. If you have a plugged duct, you will probably experience tenderness and soreness in one part of your breast. It may be red and develop into a hard, painful bump. It is important to treat a plugged duct promptly because untreated; the condition can worsen to mastitis. Mastitis is a painful infection marked by breast soreness, aches, and fever.

Treatment for Plugged Ducts

Nipple Confusion

Nipple confusion can occur if a baby is offered artificial nipples before or soon after starting to breastfeed. It is much harder to get milk from a breast than from a bottle. When breastfeeding, baby must open her mouth very wide and use her jaw muscles and her tongue to draw milk from the breast. She also usually has to wait a little for let-down to occur.

Nursing Strike

You and your baby have been happily breastfeeding for three or four months when suddenly baby refuses the breast. Nursing strikes are not uncommon for babies three to five months old. New moms often think that baby is self-weaning, but this is rarely the case with babies under a year old. There are many reasons that baby may stop breastfeeding. Here are some things to consider:

Not Enough Milk

Often new moms are concerned about low milk supply. Although this can happen, it is rare. Only about 2-5 percent of women cannot produce enough milk for their babies. However, other things can interfere with milk supply. Your breast milk may decrease if:

Herbs to Increase Breastmilk

If you are concerned that you might not be making enough milk for your baby, you might want to try an herb supplement. Herbs that are used to  increase milk supply are called galactagogues. One of the most popular  supplements for increasing milk supply is fenugreek. Fenugreek has been used safely and successfully by many moms.

Breastfeeding Twins

Breastfeeding twins comes with its own set of challenges, but it can be done. Your body makes milk on supply, so if you need enough for two, it will be there. However, it does take an extra measure of devotion and patience to breastfeed two babies.

Breastfeeding in Public

You already know that breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. Most of the general public knows it too, and yet many people are still uncomfortable with a woman breastfeeding in public. With breasts spilling out on every magazine cover it seems a bit ironic to target breastfeeding women, but that of course is the whole problem. In our society breasts are thought of as sexual objects rather than as the source of nourishment for our babies.

What About Dad?

Even though mom has the breasts, Dad has an important role to play too. In fact, many professionals consider the father to be an essential part of the breastfeeding team.

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