5 Common Breastfeeding Complications

Breastfeding for newborn baby

When I first found out I was pregnant, I knew I was going to breastfeed my baby. There were a few pages about it in baby books I read. But to be honest, I thought it was a waste of time. My mom always told me it comes naturally. So I often skipped those sections of the baby book. Big mistake, the “I’ll figure it out” or “It can’t be that hard” approach will only cause common breastfeeding complications you could have avoided.

  1. Sore, Dry , and/or Cracked Nipples

Sore nipples are one of the most common issues for breastfeeding mothers. In fact, during the first few days to weeks, most women will encounter this. If I would have paid attention to the breastfeeding sections, I would have known to prepare my nipples ahead of time. Luckily, I was aware of lanolin (an ointment you use to help heal and prevent dry or cracked nipples).

  1. Improper Latch

I was lucky. Unlike some women, I didn’t have any problems with latching. However, latching is critical to breastfeeding. An improper latch can cause: sore nipples, an unhappy baby (due to receiving less milk), and can increase the risk for blocked milk ducts.

  1. Clogged Milk Duct

Clogged milk ducts can often cause a sore bump or a wedge-like shaped area to swell on the breast. To prevent clogged milk ducts, avoid wearing underwire bras, empty your milk from your breasts during feedings, and avoid pressure to the breasts (including baby carriers and purse straps).

  1. Milk Blisters

These painful blisters are typically white, yellow, or clear. They are caused by a nipple pore blockage or by a skin growth over the milk duct opening.

  1. Mastitis

This nasty complication is a breast tissue inflammation. It is usually caused by an excess of milk or a clogged milk duct. Mastitis can easily turn into an infection if not treated properly.

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