Taking Care of Mom: Preventing Pain during Breastfeeding

I remember the first tender days after my daughter was born through a haze of sleep deprivation, engorgement, and sore nipples. Once we established a good latch (thanks to my midwife for help with that!)  things became less painful and breastfeeding became a joyful experience for us. I was one of the lucky ones; for many women breastfeeding has been fraught with challenges; and there is nothing more stressful than feeling like you can’t feed your baby.  Along with the midwives, la leche league volunteers and Lactation Consultants, Homeopathy is an excellent resource for the breastfeeding mom, and can resolve problems quite quickly.  You can obtain many remedies inexpensively to have on hand in case you encounter breast pain.

Most first time mothers experience some discomfort in the first weeks of breastfeeding. It is very important to make sure that you have a proper latch very early on and that you seek help if you need it to master the technique.  The Jack Newman website has excellent videos that really help.  If you are having trouble breastfeeding the La Leche League volunteers can provide you with support and resources:

Pain during breastfeeding can be due to many factors, including engorgement, blocked ducts, sore nipples, and thrush (yeast infection).  Many stubborn or recurring problems can be helped with homeopathic remedies prescribed individually.

I offer  consultations that can help many breastfeeding challenges including milk supply, thrush, colic and reflux,  breast pain, abscess,  latching difficulties, and problems due to medical interventions in the birth, head injuries etc. See Consultations for more information or call me at 613-296-2937

Don’t forget to nurture yourself while you attend to the needs of your baby. In the first few weeks, try to sleep when baby sleeps, even if it’s at 2 in the afternoon! Drinking enough water and getting your rest are very important for your milk production. Keep nursing frequently, and don’t feel bad about asking for help, as there are many wonderful services available to offer advice and encouragement, and many of them are free.  If you are struggling and need support, consider the benefits of a postpartum doula who can come to your home and offer many kinds of assistance, from doing laundry to holding baby while you nap.


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