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Engorgement of the breast can occur 3-4 days after the birth of your baby and is due to the breasts becoming overfull of milk, they may feel heavy and tender to touch. This feeling will probably only last a few days as your baby starts to feed the on milk.
Follow these simple guidelines to help relieve the pain:
- Take away some of the milk with a breast pump before and after you feed your baby
- Place warm towels on your breasts, or have a warm bath
- Stoke your breasts in a downward movement towards the nipple
- Wear a bra that supports your breasts properly
- If the pain persists, consult your GP.
- Engorgement may return at any time while you are breast-feeding, especially if your baby doesn’t take a full feed or you miss a feed. Take a breast pump with you and express your milk if you know you are going to miss a feed.
Sore and Cracked Nipples
It is very common for new mothers to experience sore nipples, especially in the first few days, however, it is important to persist as breastfeeding your baby will give them the best start in life. Take extra care in encouraging your baby to latch onto your breast properly, i.e. the nipple is inside the baby’s mouth where they can suck on the nipple and not chew on it. Take care when taking them off the breast as this will also help prevent sore nipples. Using a nipple shield can also help. Sore nipples can easily develop into cracked nipples, if this happens you will have to take your baby off the breast for about 72 hours and express the milk instead until they heal.
Cracked nipples can unfortunately lead to a condition called Mastitis, a breast infection, which causes swelling, redness and tenderness. Other symptoms include a rise in body temperature, aches, headaches and maybe nausea. Bacteria enters the milk ducks where they grow and infects the tissue of the breast, it does not affect your milk so cannot be passed on to your baby. Consult your GP immediately who will put you on a course of antibiotics and you should feel better within a few days.
If you are having trouble encouraging your baby to latch onto your breast correctly then ask your midwife or health visitor to help, they will have had more experience than you and should with this problem, which in turn will help prevent cracked nipples occurring.
Breastfeeding the natural way gives your baby the best start in life. Feeding a baby with the milk that has been produced by its mother’s body is the best thing she can do for him or her. Babies need milk for the first year of life and that is a very short time in a very long life. Our Western society has done great damage to our young by portraying the female breast a sexual object. We expect out babies to become independent almost immediately they are born by leaving them to sleep alone, not holding them enough and by trying to impose feeding routines. In other cultures around the world girls grow up surrounded by mothers feeding their young. Sisters, aunts, friends all breastfeed and so for them is the normal way. These cultures do not have the problems that Western women experience. Midwives often hear women say “I will breastfeed if I can” or “I am going to try”. The doubts that they will succeed make it more likely that they will have problems. If a woman has had breast changes during her pregnancy she will be able to breast feed. Women who genuinely are unable to feed their young amount to approx 2% of the female population and the difficulties are mainly due to structural changes of the breast such a enlargements or reductions.
If a woman decides to breastfeed and goes on to receive the correct advice and information she will feed with relatively few problems. Breastfeeding is the ongoing process of pregnancy and birth. It is normal and natural. Like a good birth experience it can be rewarding and give deep feelings of satisfaction. However in our society the decision to breastfeed our young require courage and confidence.
Human milk is unique and meets all the nutritional requirements of the baby. It cannot be compared with that of any other mammal and cannot be copied as it changes in its composition depending on time of day, stage of lactation and maternal nutrition. Colostrum, which is produced in the early days following birth, is very high in protein and protects the baby from developing allergies, asthma, gastroenteritis and certain cancers. Further more certain components of formula milk have recently been implicated as a trigger for the development of diabetes. The mother who breast-feeds her young is also protected against breast cancer, (which is almost unheard of in the African countries) and brittle bone diseases.
Mother and baby should not separated following birth the baby must remain in the mother’s arms and against her skin. Very soon the baby will display rooting the reflex and if left will find the breast and self attach. By keeping the baby and mother skin to skin the mother will meet her baby’s need for warmth and nourishment. Making sure that the attachment and latch is correct will optimise the feed obtained and ensure comfort for the mother. Incorrect latch is the sole reason for sore nipples and even mastitis in the vast majority of cases. The correct position for the baby is for it to be high in the mother’s arms lying across her body and ticked under her arm with the mother’s main supporting arm being the one opposite to the breast that begins the feed. The baby should be completely turned on its side so that its tummy is against the mother’s body. Mother should support the neck but not push on the baby’s head and the baby’s chin should touch the breast prior to the mouth. The baby should obtain a large amount of breast tissue and not suck on the nipple alone. The main principle is that it should not hurt and if it does it is not a correct latch.
Pregnancy and early parenthood is an exciting and challenging time, when it's good to know there is expert advice on hand to help take care of you and your baby. Since 1984, AVENT has been designing and manufacturing products that are inspired by nature and have been developed through extensive research and clinical trials. Now, as part of the Philips Group, the new Philips AVENT will continue to produce innovative solutions that make feeding and caring for your baby's health and safety easier.
Philips AVENT believes that breast feeding is the best method of nutrition for babies and that women should be given as much information and education as possible regarding the benefits of breast milk. Philips AVENT believes that it is every mother’s right to make her own personal decision to how she feeds her baby – bottle, breast or a combination of both - and Philips AVENT will support her in whatever choice she makes.
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- Breast milk is the best nutrition for babies. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of life. Breastfeeding can continue during and beyond the introduction of solid foods.
- When you are breastfeeding, good nutrition is vital for you and your baby. Continue with the varied and healthy diet you were following during pregnancy, and try not to skip meals. Combining breast and bottle feeding can affect your breast milk supply unless steps are taken to counteract this.
- If you decide not to breastfeed, this decision may be difficult to reverse if you change your mind.
- If you decide to use infant formula milk, it is vital that the appropriate type of formula is given and that the milk is prepared correctly. Ask your healthcare professional for advice. Milk feeding equipment should be sterilised using an appropriate method for the first 12 months.