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Breast Feeding Problems

Breastfeeding, or lactation, is the natural way in which the mother of a newborn can feed her child instead of relying on cow's milk or artificial formula preparations. The female breasts are ideally suited for the task of nourishing the baby, and provide many benefits to the baby that bottles and formulas do not. For example, mother's breast milk is much easier to digest, prevents constipation, lowers the incidence of food allergies, and protects the baby from many infectious diseases. It also promotes healthy oral development, satisfies sucking is also beneficial to the mother in that it reduces the chance of hemorrhaging from the placental site, gives the mother an opportunity to rest, and encourages the uterus to contract, returning it to its prepregnant size.
    In breastfeeding, as with anything else that is new and unfamiliar, problems will occur. This section offers explanations and solutions to the most common breastfeeding problems in order to help the new breastfeeding mother have a good experience.


This temporary problem can occur between two to five days after childbirth. It is caused by a combination of the increased blood supply to the breast and the pressure of the newly produced milk, resulting in the swelling of the tissues in the breast. A low-grade fever may be present, the breasts will feel full, hard, tender, and tight, and the skin on the breasts will be hot, shiny, and distended. This condition does not have to be present in order to allow nursing.
    Engorgement prevention relies mainly on frequent feedings without delay and the nonrestriction of sucking time. Feedings should not be skipped or delayed during the day or night. Do not give the baby any formula or sugar water, and allow the baby to empty each breast completely at each feeding. This should take about seven minutes on each side.
    Treatment includes short, frequent feedings, using milk cups between feeding to relieve pressure, and breast massage. A feeding schedule of every one and a half to two hours day and night should be maintained while suffering from engorgement. Application of moist heat for thirty minutes preceding each feeding and massaging the breast during feedings will help to get the milk flowing. Do not use nipple shields, as they can confuse the baby's sucking pattern, damage nipples, reduce stimulation of the breast, and decrease the milk supply.


This problem can occur even when the nipples have been prepared in advance. It is typically caused by improper nursing positions and improper nursing schedules.
    To prevent sore nipples while nursing, the following tips are recommended:


Incomplete emptying of the milk ducts by the baby or the wearing of a tight bra can cause a plugged duct. Soreness and a lump in one area of a breast is an indication of this problem. Check the nipple very carefully for a tiny dot of dried milk. When this is removed by gentle cleansing along with frequent nursing on the affected breast, the duct will clear itself within twenty-four hours. Massaging the breasts with firm pressure, from the chest wall toward the nipple, also stimulates milk flow.
    Alter the position of the baby on the nipple so all the ducts are drained. Make sure you offer the affected breast first, when the baby's sucking is strongest.


If a plugged duct is not taken care of, mastitis can result. Soreness and redness in the breast, fever, and flu-like symptoms are indicators of this problem. In fact, in a nursing mother all flu symptoms should be considered a breast infection until proven otherwise.
    Treat mastitis by drinking plenty of fluids, getting plenty of rest, and applying heat to the area with a hot water bottle or heating pad. Do not stop nursing the baby, otherwise the ducts will remain full and could worsen the problem by allowing the ducts to overfill. In addition, your health care provider may prescribe antibiotics that can be taken while nursing.
    In rare cases, a breast infection results in a breast abscess in which the sore breast fills with pus. This abscess may need to be incised to allow drainage. This procedure is performed in a doctor's office. During this time, milk should be hand expressed (massaged) from the infected breast and discarded. Breastfeeding should continue on the noninfected breast until the abscess is healed.
    The following supplements should be taken by the nursing mother.

Protein supplement (free form amino acids or soy protein) Soy protein or free form amino acids are better than animal protein.
Bifidobacteria (Life Start from Natren) Dosage for mother: 1/2 tsp. between meals. Dosage for infant: 1/4 tsp. daily added to water or juice. use only unchilled water in preparation. Boosts immune system and provides necessary "friendly" bacteria.
Calcium chelate
1,000-1.500 mg daily

500-750 mg daily
Avoid bone meal because of the lead content.
Multivitamin and mineral complex (high potency) containing the B complex with extra folic acid
vitamins C and D
As directed on label. This high potency preparation is needed by both mother and baby.
Vitamin B
brewer's yeast
50 mg twice daily

Start with a small amount of brewer's yeast and work up to 1 tbsp. in juice, 3 times daily.
Needed for production of milk and to relieve stress

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