Are you a new mom? Excited for challenges awaiting you in your new role? One of the biggest challenges a mother faces is getting the breast feeding process righ...
Are you a new mom? Excited for challenges awaiting you in your new role?
One of the biggest challenges a mother faces is getting the breast feeding process right. Doctors and healthcare experts claim that breastfeed is best food for your baby which not only feeds but also protects your baby from diseases.
Commonly faced challenges while breast feeding include:
- Baby is not finding right position. If baby is unable to align properly and does not attach, he/she will not get feed properly.
- Thrush Infection. This infection can also lead to breast feeding challenges and is usually found when you have sore and pink nipples. It may have transpired to you from your baby, if he/she has developed it in their mouth.
- Mastitis or Breast inflammation can lead to breast feeding troubles. It is also known as blocked duct and can be caused to anyone. One should consult a doctor and continue breast feeding, as it supports quick relief.
- Sore nipples or breasts. You may experience soreness and pain while breast feeding. Ensure your baby is latched properly. If soreness increases, consult your doctor.
Initial few days after delivery is the adjustment time for baby and mother both to get used to the breast feeding mechanism. You should take extreme care while administering feed and observe your body for any soreness, redness and pain. Consult doctor immediately, if you observe anything unusual.
Are you a new mom or a veteran mother? Here are the answers to your general inquiries about breast pain during feeding that youmay experience! Sore or cracked n...
Are you a new mom or a veteran mother? Here are the answers to your general inquiries about breast pain during feeding that you may experience!
Sore or cracked nipples:This usually happens when your baby is not latching well. It is normal to experience some tenderness when you start feeding.
Remedies: Make sure that your baby is having feed properly with their mouth well onto the areola. Get going the feed on the least sore side. Express a little milk before putting the baby on. Allow air to your nipples after feed.
Engorgement: Engorgement is when the full breast becomes very tight, hard and uncomfortable. It generally happens during the first week after the birth.
Remedies: Wear supportive inner clothing. It usually helps if you demand feed. A hot shower or hot pack before feeding can help. Express some milk before feeding. Use cold packs after feeds.
Breast infection – mastitis: You may experience blocked duct or lump or red area with pain. You may have a fever and also feel as if you have the ‘flu’. Keep feeding from both breasts. It will help you to make sure your breasts are drained well. That will not harm your baby.
Remedies: Consult your doctor as you may need antibiotic treatment. Avoid lying on your stomach to sleep which can cause pressure on the breast. Make sure you take care of yourself – eat well and get enough rest.
Breast pain upto some extent is normal but if it continues and is too much too handle you should stop feeding and consult your doctor immediately. Happy Motherhood!
Thrush is an infection of themouthobserved usually in infants caused by a type of yeast known as Candida fungus. Thrush is not just limited to mouth; it can als...
Thrush is an infection of the mouth observed usually in infants caused by a type of yeast known as Candida fungus. Thrush is not just limited to mouth; it can also cause diaper rash in infants or vaginal yeast infections in women. Body requires some amount of fungus which is controlled by immune system along with some "good" bacteria. If the immune system is extremely weak, or not yet fully functional which is usually the case in infants, Candida can have an overgrowth and ultimately lead to the infection known as, “Thrush”.
What are the Symptoms?
In the initial stages of oral thrush it may be difficult to diagnose; however, as time passes, the following symptoms may grow:
- Dry cracked skin at the corners of the mouth.
- White lesions on the tongue, cheeks, gums, or tonsils.
- A creamy, white material, slight bleeding on the surface of the lesions.
- Infants may face difficulty during feeding and may observe irritable behaviour.
Even though it is common in infancy, you can help prevent by taking the following preventive measures:
- Formula feeding or using pacifier? Clean the nipples and pacifiers in hot water after each use.
- Storing milk and prepared bottles in refrigerator prevents yeast from growing..
- Breastfeeding with sore and red nipples? May be you and the baby are passing it back & forth. Talk to your doctor for using an antifungal ointment while baby is treated with antifungal solution.
What is the Treatment?
Consult your doctor if you suppose your baby is experiencing above symptoms and might have thrush. The doctor will prescribe an oral antifungal treatment such as miconazole gel or nystatin suspension. Apply the gel to the infected part in your baby’s mouth. Maintain high level of sanitation and always clean your hands with anti-bacterial solutions after treating your baby. It may take a week of treatment of the infection.
Depending on your baby's age, doctor might suggest adding yoghurt with lactobacilli to your child's diet. The lactobacilli are the "good" bacteria that can hep eliminate yeast in your child's mouth.Doctor may recommend treatment for mother in case you are breastfeeding even though you may not have any symptoms. This will avoid passing the infection again to your baby when you breastfeed her.
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Breastfeeding is the natural way of feeding infants. Starting out correct guarantees breastfeeding becomes an enjoyable experience for both you and your baby. T...
Breastfeeding is the natural way of feeding infants. Starting out correct guarantees breastfeeding becomes an enjoyable experience for both you and your baby. The beginning of breastfeeding is getting the baby to latch on well. A baby who latches on well gets fed well.
Following positioning suggestions can help ensure a proper latching during breastfeeding:
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