Problems Experienced While Breastfeeding

Submitted by Nick on January 18, 2012

Many new mothers face a lot of problems when they start breastfeeding their child. It is important to learn and be ready to face such problems that come up while breastfeeding.

Some of common problems experienced while breastfeeding are:

  • Sore and Painful nipples is something all mothers face for the first few days after they start breastfeeding. ...


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  • The nipples become very sensitive during pregnancy and when the infant sucks on to it for milk they become sore and painful however this soreness and pain goes away after a week of breastfeeding.
  • Engorgement is another problem where the tissues inside the breast swell up and cause a lot of pain. The breast become hard, warm and you experience a throbbing feeling if you touch your breast.

  • Overactive Milk Ejection Reflex is problem that takes place a few days after delivery where your breasts suddenly start producing milk rapidly which can cause the infant to choke, spill or even stop drinking milk. 
  • Plugged Ducts is another problem where the milk fills in the breast ducts it stretches the tissues and makes them tender. These ducts get blocked and small red lumps or tenderness is experienced.
  • Bloody Nipple Discharge is caused when there is an increase in the blood vessels in the breast ducts. This usually happened a few days after the delivery. Nipples can discharge blood even if you have cracks. This is not a very common problem.
  • Nipple Color Changes is a problem some women experience here the blood vessels narrow down which causes the nipples to change color and become sore. The nipples become whitish and blue in color.
  • Mastitis is an infection caused on the breast. If you have mastitis then you build up a fever and have red, tender, hard swelling on the breast.

Some tips and advice on breastfeeding; all women face breastfeeding problems so don’t get too stressed out just relax. Take proper medication for the injuries, use nipple ointments and moisturizers. Apply cold packs and do massages to keep the breast soft and help in improving the milk flow. Try and find the right comfortable posture for the infant while breastfeeding. Take care of your diet it has to be a well-balanced healthy diet that will supply all the necessary nutrition. The diet should have the right balance of Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Calcium and Vitamins. Drink a lot of fluids like juices, milk and water. Eat a lot of fresh fruits and green vegetables.

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