Here’s a look at some of the most common causes of breast pain while breastfeeding and remedies that can help ease the discomfort.
Causes of breast pain during breastfeeding.
One of the most common causes of pain during breastfeeding is when the baby is not latched on properly. This can make the nipple sore, cracked, or even bleed, which can cause more pain and discomfort during breastfeeding.
Bloating or engorgement occurs when there is a large amount of milk in the breasts. This can make the breasts swollen, hard and painful.
Engorgement can be serious and can make it difficult for the baby to latch on properly.
Mastitis is a breast disease that can cause breast pain during breastfeeding. It usually occurs in breastfeeding mothers and occurs when bacteria enter the breast through a cracked or sore nipple. Mumps can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills and body aches.
Lily of the valley.
Thrush is a fungal disease that can affect both mother and child. It is caused by the growth of yeast in the baby’s mouth or the mother’s nipples. Thrush can cause nipple pain and discomfort, making breastfeeding difficult.
A blocked milk duct.
A blocked milk duct occurs when milk does not flow properly through the milk ducts. This can cause pain and discomfort in the breast and lead to further complications such as mastitis if left untreated.
Medicines for breast pain during breastfeeding.
Depending on the cause of your pain, the following tips can help significantly reduce breast pain while breastfeeding and improve your breastfeeding experience.
Good breastfeeding is important for breastfeeding success and can help reduce breast pain. When the baby is properly latched, he will be able to get milk efficiently without causing unnecessary pain to the mother. Make sure the baby’s mouth is open and the nipple is in the middle of his mouth.
Pumping your breasts can help reduce breast pain by improving milk flow and reducing engorgement.
Gently massage your breasts, starting at the outer edges and working towards the nipples. This can help break down blockages in the milk ducts, improve milk flow, and reduce pain.
Heating pads can help relieve breast pain by reducing swelling and improving milk flow.
Apply a warm compress to your breasts for 10-15 minutes before breastfeeding or pumping. You can use a warm washcloth, a non-microwave heating pad, or a hot bath.
Cold compresses can also help reduce breast pain by numbing the area and reducing swelling.
Apply a cold compress to your breasts for 10-15 minutes after breastfeeding or pumping. You can use a bag of cold jelly or a bag of frozen peas.
A good nursing bra can help reduce breast pain by providing support and reducing pressure on the breasts.
Make sure your nursing bra fits well and doesn’t dig into your breasts or cause unnecessary pressure.
Anti-inflammatory drugs can help reduce breast pain caused by inflammation. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help relieve breast pain and discomfort.
See a doctor.
If none of the suggested remedies work, you should see a doctor as it may be a more serious medical condition that requires immediate treatment.