While many mothers suffer with sore nipples at the start of breastfeeding, some continue to have soreness past the early days of nursing.
Sore nipples are most common when the baby latches onto the breast in a position that is a bit off. Even the slightest error in the latch can cause soreness and damage sensitive nipples. For more information on the best way to position the baby at the breast, read the blog “Sore Nipples in the Early Days of Nursing”.
Some mothers have a problem with making too much milk. While some may think this is a happy problem, being an over producer can be uncomfortable and lead to other difficulties.
Leaking milk excessively and having tender breasts are just a couple of the issues that happen when overproduction occurs. More serious problems like plugged milk ducts and even mastitis may also be associated with having too much milk.
Some babies also seem to have difficulties when there is too much milk. Many young babies choke and come off the breast when nursing when the milk lets-down. If the baby is fed on both breasts at each feeding, so that the mother gets relief from being overly full, the baby may suffer with gassiness and cramping.
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Many mothers worry about whether their infants are getting enough milk. In fact, the number one reason that mothers abandon breastfeeding is the belief that their baby is not getting enough to eat.
Some mothers may speak with their Pediatrician’s office by phone, ask questions of other mothers on websites, or even begin offering their babies infant formula. These worries can start when their babies seem unsatisfied after nursings, want to nurse very often, nurse for long periods, or are sleepy at the breast. Some mothers become concerned if their milk has not come in around 74 hours post partum or if their breasts become soft and their babies seem unhappy. Some babies may unhappily pull on and off the breast, again causing doubt as to whether or not the baby is getting enough to eat.
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So you want or need a breast pump. Maybe your best friend or sister-in-law offers you her “barely used” pump. (I’ve heard that at least ten thousand times!)
What you may not know is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration designate most pumps as either “single user” pumps or “multiple user” pumps. Multiple user pumps are most often-clinical grade rental pumps. These pumps have barriers, which keep milk out of the pump and are therefore safe for mothers to use with their own milk collection kit. A few other purchased pumps, like the Hygeia pump, PJ’s Pump, the Melodi Pump, and Bailey Medical’s Nurture III pump (a semiautomatic pump), have been designated as multiple-user pumps because they too have a barrier keeping milk from entering the pump.