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Problems related to Breastfeeding

I have a breast infection, what should I do

Even if you develop a breast infection, there is no harm in continuing to let your baby suckle at that breast. It is safe to continue breastfeeding. If you are not comfortable doing that, you should continue expressing milk from that side. Adequate rest and hot water fomentation is helpful. Antibiotics may be necessary. If an abscess forms, incision and drainage may have to be done. However, you should commence breastfeeding for the infected breast as soon as possible. This will not affect the healing process.

What to do about breast engorgement

Breast engorgement can be alleviated by feeding your baby frequently, whenever she demands it. Some mothers' breasts become congested 3 to 4 days after delivery. They should be made to remove the milk as soon as they feel congested. If the baby is separated from the mother for some reason (due to illness or surgery), the mother should express her breasts to maintain her milk supply and prevent engorgement of the breasts. 

How do I treat cracked or sore nipples

This usually occurs if the baby is not positioned correctly during breastfeeding. The first thing to do is to rectify this. You must continue to breastfeed your baby. You should expose your nipples to the air  (and sun if possible) and apply a drop of hindmilk to the cracked nipple. No ointments or creams should be applied. While a daily bath is all right, soap is not good for the nipples. It is not necessary to clean the breast before and after every feed. If the baby has oral thrush, apply gentian violet to the baby's mouth and your nipples thrice a day till the thrush clears up. 

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