Chest congestion after birth

Chest congestion (congestion of the breasts). After birth, the breasts are filled with milk and become heavier. A large part of women will experience breast pain after birth or other difficulties with breastfeeding.

Breast engorgement, nipple painful cracks and difficulty adjusting to breastfeeding – these usually arise, wrong grasp the nipple of the baby.  chest congestion

If congestion is still ongoing or repeated many times, and / or have cracks or sores or pain in the breast – you should contact a lactation consultant. General tips for reducing breast engorgement are:

Derive some milk breasts, when you feel the breast is too heavy. However, to make it easier on your body and ease the baby, who has a hard time sucking nipple during congestion.

Manual massage in circular motions before breast feeding breast conditioner.

Do not skip breakfast breastfeeding. If your baby while you are at dinner, you may want to pump breast milk that was supposed to feed the baby at this time.

The beginning of the meal suction producing mostly water. Only toward the end of the meal, leaving the breast fat. After the baby is finished nursing one breast dinner, you might want to give it a little suck the other breast, the latter to avoid creating congestion. This advice is especially true for the first period of lactation.

You can get relief of congestion by placing cold compresses on the breast. Before breastfeeding, you should take a shower with lukewarm water or sleep.

To relieve congestion can assume cold cabbage leaves on the chest, under the bra, for the night (not the nipple). Cabbage absorbs liquids, and it is helpful in reducing congestion.

Be careful with this method because the reduction in the amount of milk, since it is used even when the woman wants to stop breastfeeding completely and drain the milk from her breasts.

Some women, in addition to the above symptoms (engorgement, nipple cracks and difficulty adjusting to breastfeeding) also suffer from infections in the breasts after childbirth.

For such infections should distinguish between two main modes: the first few days after birth may be very difficult to breast congestion, which can cause fever. Usually, the heat should not exceed 38 ° C and no need for antibiotics.

But sometimes, there is inflammation of the breast, accompanied by local pain and fever, which certainly requires antibiotic treatment. This is a rare infection in the first days after birth, and it is likely that if the develop – it will happen at a later stage.

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