I told you the importance of breast feeding for your baby. But it also good for you as it burns calories, and protect you from ovarian and breast cancer. It might be tough in the beginning but do not give up.
Here are some common breast feeding problems and how to tackle them:
Stress: You are stressed out: this could hamper the milk flow, leaving your baby hungry. Continue to make the baby suckle as it signals the brain to stimulate hormone s to boost milk flow.
You are making too much milk: This could make your breasts swollen, tender and lumpy. Warm compresses can soothe the pain in this case.
Your nipples feel sore due to improper latching or suckling (baby bites or feeds vigorously): learn proper breast feeding techniques from your paediatrician. Apply non-toxic nipple creams (lanolin) between feeds-remember to wash before feed.
Quick Tip: Burn dry coconut and rub the black charred portion on a stone with some ghee. Apply the paste on the sore nipples. Was off before the baby feeds. Its the best remedy for Nipple Sore.
You have a bacterial infection called mastitis (redness, inflammation, severe pain, fever): if left untreated can cause an abscess in the breast. Topical antibiotics will be prescribed after you see your doctor. Do express excess milk to avoid engorgement.
Your milk ducts are blocked: a swollen, hard lump in your breast and sometimes a red inflamed patch near the lump indicates this. Continue feeding and use hot compresses and massage to quell the pain.
Checklist for your baby:
- Your baby is satisfied and sleeps or rests for 2.5 to 3 hours between feeds.
- Your baby passes urine at least 5 to 6 times in a day; there is no specific poop count for a new born
- Your baby gains weight about 30 g every day in first couple of months.
So all for today. Until next time love your baby more