For those mothers who want to breastfeed, it is a natural and practical approach to feed their newborn. It is, however, a learning experience for both you and your child. Breastfeeding doesn’t always hurt, and while it usually doesn’t, it can sometimes hurt a lot. Anyone who has breastfed a child understands that discomfort is unavoidable at times, particularly in the beginning.
Unfortunately, many new mothers learn this lesson the hard way when they’re alone, exhausted, and days into breastfeeding with excruciatingly engorged breasts, tender lumps, cracked nipples, or inflamed areolas.
Breastfeeding Causes Pain
The majority of uncomfortable breastfeeding symptoms can be treated and avoided. Information is essential—ideally, before sore nipples and other uncomfortable issues arise—but modifications can be done at any time to significantly reduce discomfort. You may still have sore nipples or uncomfortable breast tissue even if you’re doing everything “right.”
Thankfully, relief may be as simple as making tiny changes, so don’t give up just because you believe you’re bound to breastfeeding agony for the rest of your life.
The importance of a proper latch
First and foremost, seek assistance or a referral to a local breastfeeding specialist from your doctor, midwife, or lactation consultant. You can also get referrals to local lactation support services through your friends, doctor, hospital, midwife, doula, or birthing centre.
Recognize that these issues are common, and you don’t have to find out (or suffer through) alone. Sore nipples, sensitive lumps, and engorged breasts are frequently the result of a faulty latch and an uneven drainage of milk stores.
A consultation with a certified lactation consultant can assist you in resolving any latch issues, developing ideal feeding positions, and determining if there are any other underlying causes. But what can you do if you have an appointment in two days and are in excruciating agony right now?
Meanwhile, experiment with different breastfeeding positions on your own. Make sure your kid is not just latching on to the nipple, but also to the areola. Using silicone contact nipple shield Malaysia, a nipple cream, lightly massaging “clogged” milk ducts, and letting breasts air dry between feedings are all simple options that can help relieve pain.
Changing positions can help your baby latch on in a different way, giving your nipples a respite and encouraging milk to flow through the entire breast to prevent clogged ducts, which can lead to mastitis.
Try a side football hold or lie down on the bed and try feeding your baby from that position if you generally breastfeed with your baby across your chest. Experiment with different postures to see which ones provide you with the most pain relief. Using a nursing pillow to prop your baby up can also help your infant latch in the optimal position, reducing discomfort.