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Sore and Cracked Nipples

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Sore and Cracked Nipples

Sore and Cracked Nipples Nursing your baby is supposed to be a relaxing, bonding experience - unless you are anticipating toe-curling pain each time you put your baby to the breast. While nipple soreness is common, it doesn’t need to persist. Here’s what you need to know for comfortable feedings:  You might be sore in the beginning. Some mothers feel uncomfortable during the first week or so of breastfeeding. The amount of discomfort is hard to quantify - everyone feels pain differently. If the pain subsides during a feeding not lasting more than a half minute or so, your nipple...


Breast Pain

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Breast Pain

Breast pain is one of the most common reasons women wean before they had planned. Most of the time, however, breast pain caused by plugged ducts is a temporary event that can be quickly treated for more comfortable feedings and a continued breastfeeding relationship. What is a plugged duct? When milk cannot flow from a duct - due to a clog either at the nipple or further back in the breast - a lump can form. This typically causes tenderness, swelling, redness and warmth to touch in the area around the plugged duct. It is typical that only one breast is affected,...


How to Express Breast Milk

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How to Express Breast Milk

If breastfeeding is going well and you are not planning to go back to work, you may find that you never need to pump. But if your baby is in the NICU from birth, you may need to express milk every couple of hours, and the most efficient pump is your best bet. Options for expressing milk include:  Hand Expression: If your baby is having problems during the first couple of days after birth, you may be able to hand express drops of colostrum onto a spoon or into a syringe and feed this to your baby. If you are...


Storing Your Breastmilk

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Storing Your Breastmilk

Breast Milk Storage Guidelines According to National Health and Medical Research Council expressed breast milk can be stored: At room temperature for 6-8 hours In a cooler/esky with a frozen ice brick for 24 hours In the refrigerator 3 days (store at back of fridge as it is colder) In the freezer for 3 months In a deep freezer for 6-12 months Always use the oldest milk first when it’s time to feed baby. Milk can be fed at room temperature, but your baby may prefer it heated (after all, it comes from the source at body temperature). How to thaw and...


Mastitis - Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

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Mastitis - Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Mastitis - Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention for Breastfeeding Mums Making Sense of Mastitis Sometimes it seems like every new mum you talk to warns you about mastitis. While it may seem like a majority of women get breast infections, it only affects between 3 percent and 20 percent of breastfeeding mothers. Breast pain, however, is the most common reason for premature weaning. So, learning to quickly recognise and appropriately treat mastitis can preserve breastfeeding for mum and baby. Symptoms Typically mastitis occurs within the first six weeks after baby’s birth. It can happen anytime, though, especially if feeding patterns change...

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