Breastfeeding success most often depends on moms having the right information at their fingertips in those first crucial days, in addition to getting support. From the get-go, your baby will suck colostrum from your breast, sometimes called "liquid gold" because it's rich with immune-boosting antibodies and protein. Both blood and milk are rushing to your breasts! The skin may feel tight or look shiny. Swelling may go all the way to your armpit.
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Engorgement and mastitis are complications associated with breast feeding. Mastitis associated with breast feeding is also called lactational mastitis. Breast feeding, like parenting, is not always uncomplicated, especially in the first few weeks after birth. It can be easy to forget at this time that, like all new skills, breast feeding can take a while to learn and become really good at. Not all women experience true engorgement or mastitis; however, if you do it may really test your commitment to breast feeding. At times you may feel that it is not worth it, and that breast feeding is just not for you. It is strongly advised if you are experiencing difficulties with breast feeding, such as engorgement or mastitis, that you seek the advice of a midwife, lactation consultant, community child health nurse, the Australian Breastfeeding Association or your doctor.
Engorged Breasts – avoiding and treating
Minimizing early engorgement Treat engorgement to… When to treat engorgement After the first few weeks Causes of engorgement Treating engorgment Be sure your baby is sucking effectively Reverse pressure softening Keep comfortable Watch out for signs of mastitis. Position your baby with his chest and tummy in full contact with your body. With his cheek in close contact with your breast, your baby can easily tip back his head to latch on. Listen for swallowing as he feeds.
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