Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Breast Feeding Clogged Duct

If you have had clogged ducts in the past, or do currently, or even if you have a baby and just want some information about what to do should this happen, then you've come to the right place. I'm going to go over reasons your ducts can get clogged and then ways to fix the problem.

Reasons they could be clogged:
  • Baby is having trouble feeding, perhaps has an improper latch, or isn't feeding enough
  • You're using a pump that's not powerful enough
  • You've abruptly weaned your baby
  • Compressing or damaging the ducts due to pressure from a nursing bra that doesn't fit properly or sleeping on your stomach
  • You may be ill, like with a cold
  • You're under stress, which lowers production of oxytocin
  • If you've had surgery, like breast biopsy
What you can do is:
  • Nurse. It may be painful on the affected side, but if you do it frequently, it will empty the breast which will make you more comfortable and cause less inflammation
  • Nurse on the affected side first because the baby sucks strongest at the beginning
  • Use a breast pump or hand press the milk out
  • Massage the sore area frequently and firmly, starting from the outside and working your way towards the nipple
  • Apply warm compresses before nursing
  • Change your nursing position
  • Take ibuprofen or talk to your doctor
  • Get plenty of rest, eat nutritious foods, and drink plenty of fluid to boost your immune system
So if this is a problem for you, follow some of these tips to fix it, or if you do it ahead of time, you may be able to even prevent it. And, as always, you can ask your physician for helpful advice, as well.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Coldcalm and Breastfeeding

Women that have babies and are nursing can get sick too, it's true. But the question is, which medicines would be okay to take while breastfeeding? Well, I'm going to fill you in on some of the meds that you can take.

One is called Coldcalm. It's by Boiron, who also make Oscillococcinum and Chestal (for kids). You can use any of those products, even while nursing.

You can also use any Tylenol product, just like you can while pregnant. Another recommended brand is Zicam. They are all safe while breastfeeding.

You can also, of course, use natural remedies. Things that are herbal. Before doing anything, though, if you want to be cautious, check with your doctor and they can give you the best idea of what you can safely take while nursing to get better.