Things that Could Cause Pain while Breastfeeding...
A bad latch is the most common cause of breast feeding pain:
good news: There is no single right way to attach a baby to a breast.
Anything that helps baby get on the breast deeply and comfortably, and
ends in good milk transfer is the “right” breastfeeding position or
technique for you…
types of nipples like concave, flat or inverted nipples might make it
more difficult for a baby to latch on. For a baby to nurse successfully, he/she must be able to grasp the nipple and stretch it forward and upward
against the roof of the mouth. The most important thing to remember, is
that a baby should get as much of your breast into the mouth as possible…
- Breastfeeding with extra large breasts or nipples
large breasts and/or nipples, may cause some breast feeding issues and
frustration. Most moms might experience bleeding, blistering and
mastitis, but this is more common in big breasted women. People
sometimes think that moms with bigger breasts have it easy
breastfeeding, but that is not always true…
- Breastfeeding pain caused by Baby biting during breastfeeding
moms think that they need to wean when their babies start biting while breastfeeding, but this is not true. Baby biting is something that
usually only lasts a few days and mom just needs to be persistent…
plugged duct is formed when some of the milk inside a duct dries up and
stops the rest of the milk from flowing; it is mostly due to Mom not draining the breast properly. This usually happens in the early
days of breastfeeding, when Mom is very engorged, this may cause some
painful breastfeeding sessions…
with engorgement on top of having a new baby to care for, day and night, can cause Mom some serious stress, but there are ways to treat breast
engorgement and breastfeeding pain caused through breast engorgement…
- Raynaud's phenomenon “ breastfeeding nipple white pain ”
phenomenon also known as blanching of the nipple, is now a common
breastfeeding problem, affecting up to 20% of all women of childbearing
Reynaud's is not caused by breastfeeding, but is due to abnormal spasms of the arteries, that supply blood to your nipples, causing
the restriction of blood flow and therefore numbness, burning and pain.
breast abscess is a painful lump in the breast tissue, this is one of
the most serious breast feeding problems, but is also very rare,
occurring in only about 6% of all breastfeeding moms that have mastitis
and/or recurrent plugged ducts.
A breast abscess will usually only form if you have had a breast infection (mastitis) for quite some time...
infections are mostly caused by bacteria found on normal skin. The
bacteria sometimes enter into the breast, through cracked nipples. The infection is in the
fatty tissue of the breast, which causes a swollen breast, and pain in
the breast tissue…
Some nipple sensitivity is normal in the beginning. Wait it out; it just takes time for your nipples to get accustomed to nursing. In the meantime, using pure lanolin should help relieve normal sensitive nipples…
Sometimes after a c-section, moms are not able to breastfeed immediately due to pain. Mothers who have an epidural will be awake right through the procedure, and will be able to hold and breastfeed their babies immediately after surgery...
There are quite a few moms that say they experience nausea while breastfeeding. They say they feel the same type of nausea felt when hungry and have described it as coming in waves like normal morning sickness…
A breastfeeding headache is actually one of the most common breastfeeding problems and may cause a lot of extra stress for Mom, but there are ways to rectify, prevent or at least make it a bit more bearable...
- A nursing bra that is too tight, or too loose can cause breast feeding pains.
- Fibrocystic breast disease: This is when there are many lumpy areas in the breasts, which fill with fluid and feel tender and painful. It is harmless, but if you think you have it, see your doctor so that he can rule out other possible causes of your breastfeeding pain.
Things that can Help for Pain
- Safe medication
Can you take medication while breastfeeding? There are many medications that can be taken during breastfeeding...
If you are an experienced breastfeeding mom, and are experiencing a new pain with breastfeeding, or sudden onset pain with breastfeeding, that you have not experienced before, it would be best to see a doctor.