Moments When You Can Not Breastfeed

Many mothers have milk and can nurse infants, but for some reason they do not want to. On the other hand, there are women who want to breastfeed very much, but are recommended not to do that. Here are the problems that stop them from breastfeeding, and how to get rid of them.


Engorged breasts (when Breastfeed)

Engorged breast is not the same as their tension. The breast can be hard, warm, and full, but it’s quite normal. However, when milk production is great and the consumption is smaller, it can lead to overfilling the breast and clogging the milk ducts.

Symptoms: hard, flat or sucked in nipples, the breasts are enlarged and the skin is tight and shiny. The arreola is a hot and sensitive, and the baby cannot latch on to your breast.

Solution: You should empty completely both breasts often, and you should put cold compresses on your breasts between two breastfeedings . Before breastfeeding, it is necessary, to hand express, or pump the excess milk to soften the breast. The baby should be placed in the correct position on the breast and it is advisable to check him from time to time to see if he is swallowing. After breastfeeding, put cold compresses on your breasts again.


Sick (cracked) nipples

In the first days after childbirth a mild pain in the nipples appears. However, if it comes to damaging them, so they become sick or cracked, it is a sure sign that something is wrong.

Symptoms: A nipple is painful to the touch, and in severe cases bleeding occurs.

Solution: Before breastfeeding you should put warm compresses and you should start every feeding with the breast that hurts less and which is less swollen. You should try to give milk from both breasts evenly. If the damaged area hurts a lot and it is bleeding, that breast should be spared from breastfeeding a few days. During that time, regularly hand express or pump the milk from that breast in a bowl and give it to the baby with a spoon.



Mastitis is inflammation of the mammary glands which is manifested by local and general symptoms.

Symptoms: Red and painful breast, higher body temperature, fatigue, headache and rapid pulse. If you notice any of these signs, it is important not to interrupt breastfeeding.

Solution: The mother should rest and drink antibiotics or analgesics if she needs to. If after 24 hours the situation does not improve you should seek medical advice.