Some women may find that they simply do not like the sensation or because breastfeeding is a gentle skill a mother and baby learn together, they have insoluble problems.
What to look for
The two most common physical problems are pain during breastfeeding, and are sore nipples. Less commonly, the nipples may become cracked, or you could suffer from mastitis, inflammation of the milk-producing glands. Practical problems with breastfeeding itself include a slow let-down reflex, the milk-releasing response, so that the milk does not come through immediately the baby starts to suck. Alternatively, it may be let down too forcefully.
If breastfeeding is painful, it is often because the baby is not quite in the right position and is not latching on to the nipple correctly. Unaccustomed use and dampness can cause nipples to become sore or cracked, and this can lead to infection.
When to seek further professional advice
If you are breastfeeding and are experiencing the above symptoms you should see your doctor so that he may treat your problem accordingly.
Homeopathy: These treatments may help to alleviate the problem: Chamomilla, ignatia, pulsatilla, aconite, sulphur, graphites, silicea for sore or cracked nipples.
Bach Flower Remedies: Rescue remedy liquid and/or cream may be soothing for soreness.
Aromatherapy: Lavender oil can encourage the let-down reflex and heal cracked nipples if applied topically.
Acupuncture can help to increase the milk supply, and prevent engorgement.
Some breast problems may require treatment with creams or medicines containing drugs, in which case the mother should consult her doctor about how to continue breastfeeding in the meantime. Breastfeeding problems can be relieved both by prescribed treatments and by self-help techniques.
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