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Breast pain while breastfeeding is often experienced by breastfeeding mothers (busui) after giving birth. This condition can make breastfeeding mothers reluctant to give breast milk directly to their babies
Breastfeeding is a process that can strengthen the bond between mother and child. This breastfeeding process should take place comfortably, because comfort will affect milk production. However, if there is pain in the breast during breastfeeding, then this process can be disrupted. So, what actually causes pain during breastfeeding?
Various Causes of Breast Pain while Breastfeeding
The following things can make your breasts feel sore when breastfeeding:
1. Too much milk production
One of the causes of breast pain that is often experienced by breastfeeding mothers is increased milk production. But there's no need to worry, this pain will slowly disappear when Busui's breasts are able to adjust milk production to the baby's intake needs. Usually the pain will go away on its own in the first three months of breastfeeding.
Tongue-tie is a congenital abnormality of the mouth that causes the baby to not move his tongue freely. This condition can make your little one unable to suckle the breast properly. This is what causes breast pain when breastfeeding.
3. Swollen breast
This condition occurs due to too much milk that accumulates in the breast. This is due to the production of more milk than is secreted. The accumulation of breast milk will cause swelling and pain in the breast, and if not treated properly, the swelling can progress to mastitis or breast abscess.
4. Dermatitis or eczema
Pain and itching in the nipples may be a sign that a nursing mother is experiencing dermatitis or eczema. This condition can be caused by using soap, lotion, cream, or being exposed to chlorine while swimming.
5. Fungal infection
Fungal infection can also be a cause of breast pain while breastfeeding. Usually this infection is transmitted from the mouth of a baby who is experiencing thrush due to a fungal infection. If this is the case, both Busui and your little one must be immediately examined by a doctor for treatment.
Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast tissue. This condition is often experienced by breastfeeding mothers. Inflammation of the breast can cause breast pain, swelling, and redness.
7. Baby teething
When the baby has started teething, his gums will become soft and painful, so he will bite the mother's nipple. This can make the mother's nipples sore and painful.
8. Using the wrong bra
Using a bra that is too tight can put pressure on a nursing mother's breasts and cause pain. This can be exacerbated if the pads on the bra are not made of a soft material.
How to Relieve Breast Pain while Breastfeeding
To reduce discomfort during breastfeeding, Busui can take the following steps:
1. Make sure the baby's position while feeding is correct
If breast pain while breastfeeding is caused by the wrong breastfeeding position, then try to readjust the position of the baby's body, head, and mouth.
2. Feed the baby on time
When the baby is not breastfed on time, there will be a buildup of milk which can cause the mother's breasts to swell. To prevent this, Busui should give breast milk regularly and on time to the Little One.
3. Keep breasts clean and dry
If breast pain while breastfeeding is caused by a fungal or bacterial infection, keep the breast area dry and clean. A clean and dry breast area can prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria.
4. Warm and cold compress
Compressing with warm and cold compresses can also be done to reduce breast pain. In addition, compressing the breast with a warm compress before breastfeeding can also facilitate the flow of milk.
5. Wear the right bra
Wearing a bra that is too tight can make your breasts hurt and blister easily. Likewise, wearing a bra that is too loose. Therefore, choose a bra that fits Busui's bust size. In addition, also choose a bra made of cotton, so that air circulation around the breasts remains smooth.
Don't let breast pain make Busui reluctant to give breast milk to your little one. The tips above are quite effective in relieving breast pain while breastfeeding. However, if the breast pain doesn't go away, don't hesitate to ask and see a doctor, okay.