The nursing time is a time when the mother starts to train a particular attachment with her kid. It’s a peculiar moment that only the female parent and the child share, and no one can stop it. This is a moment worth of memories, and it’s the most beautiful time of the mother’s life, since the baby doesn’t recall it, but it helps the child feel the safety and security the mother offers as well. But there is not only a confident experience of this altogether, because there might lay some problems in this period. Problems that will touch both the female parent and the kid. That’s why there are many breastfeeding consultants that serve the woman that face problems in their nursing period, and help them with advices how to defeat them, and also prevent them from replicating. They are not just here for the mother’s in distress, though, but they also confer with the new mothers in the infirmaries, or are free for questions that come from every other woman interested in this procedure. Some are still expecting and want to be set up for what comes in the future.
Many mothers face the problem with the latching. If you experience pain while nursing, or after the baby has latched, then you should test out another position in the next nursing procedure. Perhaps you’ll get the correct one for you and your child. Even though it’s fairly normal to have sore nipples in the first days of nursing, since you’re not used to it, and it needs time for that (even more if it’s a new experience). This can lead to cracked nipples, which is very irritating and can end up by holding a bit blood on the nipples while the child is being breastfed, but it’s not of a big concern since it cannot harm the kid. The resolution for this might be changing the posture, or straining to feed the baby more frequently and in shorter intervals so that it feels satisfied and sucks softly the next time.
If you begin to feel that one of the milk ducts is clogged or there is a swollen and red lump on your chest, you should set about massaging the breasts more frequently in order to get the milk flow better. Try with applying warm cloths on the place in order to stir the milk movement, but never give up on nursing. Because your baby still needs the milk. If the baby has difficulties with sucking because of the high milk supply, then try with expressing more or less of the milk before its feeding, in order to soften the milk, and make it flow easier for the infant to swallow. On the other hand, if you own a low milk supply then you should use more hand on expressions during the day, besides the constant feedings can increase the milk productions again, and the child would be fed well (the mother’s organism is programed like that, and when the baby is fed more, it means that it asks for more that stimulates the milk production). If you begin feeling great pains during the let down when the baby’s sucking that should be a consequence of a large quantity of milk. You should try and practice to feed the baby to that breast longer, and move to the other one only if needed. But, firstly consult with a medical expert that can prescribe you the necessary medication or treatment of that, if it’s a result of an infection of course.
The infant can fall asleep while breastfeeding in the first twosome of months. This is a common case because the connection with the mother makes the baby relaxed. Try to tickle its feet of chin in order to keep it awake during the breastfeeding and always start with the fuller breast and then switch sides. After it grows a bit older the baby will learn to control its need for sleep and stay awake longer while breastfed.
Other problems are the infections. Some, like thrush can occur from the baby’s oral cavity. You should treat both yours and your baby’s thrush at the same time in order to prevent spreading more and lasting longer. As a consequence of some of the previously mentioned problems (like: cracked skin, clogged ducts, or engorgement) bigger issues can appear like an infection named mastitis followed up by fever or pain in the breasts. If your nipples are flat or inverted the baby would have difficulties sucking, that’s why you should try using a pump before the nursing or practice using nipple shields if the child still receives a problem latching.
No matter which one of the previously mentioned you have, never acquire on the easy part and start using lotions to soften your nipples or so. During this period each mother should wash her breasts with water only, and naught else. Everything else can affect negatively on the child and the mother’s organism as well. Try to give a morsel of the milk on the nipples in order to air dry. This can contain the best nourishment and act as a preventive measure to an infection. However, if one appears, you should never quit on the nursing. And if you truly must use medications, practice to take the pills about half an hour before the nursing.