Here are some common concerns that breastfeeding moms sometimes encounter and solutions to minimize discomfort. Call your doctor if your breast is sore and hot, has an area of spreading redness, or if you feel feverish.
Hard, swollen breasts
They result from the accumulation of milk as your breasts adjust to your baby’s needs. Engorgement can also occur if your baby is not latching on properly and cannot drain the breast completely.
- Breastfeed your newborn every two to three hours even if you need to wake your baby to do so.
- Take a hot shower or place a warm, wet cloth on breasts to relieve pain.
- Express a little milk (by hand or pump) if your breasts are too full for your baby to latch on.
You may experience some tingling as your breasts adjust to breastfeeding. If tingling only occurs when your baby starts breastfeeding, it’s a normal sign of ‘let down’, or your body releasing milk. If you have a fever or if one of your breasts is sore and hot, you may have a breast infection. Call your doctor.
Just as plenty of rest and fluids help build your milk supply, fatigue can reduce it. Pay attention to your milk supply as you start getting back to your routine. If you notice a reduction, take it easy and drink more water.
Difficulty latching on