Breastfeeding Problems 3

Please read on Breastfeeding Problems Part 1 and Breastfeeding Problems Part 2 before you continue to read this last part of Breast feeding Problems.

Plugged ducts can sometimes lead to mastitis, which is a breast infection. If your breast soreness or lump is accompanied by a fever of over 101 degrees and flu-like symptoms, contact your physician immediately. You will probably be prescribed an antibiotic, and should begin feeling better within a couple of days. Continue breastfeeding as usual.

Nursing Strikes

Babies usually don’t self-wean before nine months of age, and do so gradually. If your baby suddenly decides he wants nothing to do with the breast, chances are he’s on a nursing strike. There are several reasons why your baby may go on strike, such as teething pain, an illness or injury that makes nursing uncomfortable. If you’re having severe stress or anxiety, the baby may be reacting to that. Or perhaps the baby bit you, causing a strong reaction, and the baby was frightened.

Romancing baby back to the breast can take patience and persistence, but it’s worth the trouble. Seek medical attention if an injury or illness is causing the strike. Take extra time to cuddle with the baby. Nurse in a quiet, dim room to minimize distractions, and try nursing when the baby’s sleepy. If you need to express milk, feed the baby with a cup or spoon instead of a bottle to avoid nipple confusion.

It’s quite possible to get through years of breastfeeding without having any of these problems. But if they do occur, these basic guidelines and tips should help you recognize them and know when to seek help. If you have any questions or need assistance with breastfeeding, contact your physician, a lactation consultant, or your local chapter of La Leche League.


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