Breastfeeding: What to do if it becomes a handful

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

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KNOW YOUR STUFF IF THE GOING GETS TOUGH.

Whilst it’s the most natural thing in the world, it’s not always a complete breeze. As a bloke you need to be ready to step in if things start to get difficult.

MYTH
It’s a myth that breastfeeding hurts. There may be a little discomfort during the first few days, but it’s not normal for this to continue.

COURAGE
Kylie, 20 from Little Hulton really went through the mill, but was determined to give baby Kyran the benefit of her own milk. Partner, Paul Wegener explains, “Pretty much anything that could go wrong, did go wrong for Kylie. But she fought through it and continued to feed. I’m so proud of her. I did what I could to support her and it meant a lot to her to know she wasn’t on her own.”

SEEK HELP
If your partner is experiencing pain when breastfeeding, take charge and seek help as soon as possible. Your Health Visitor or Midwife will be able to advise you on what to do, but if you aren’t due a visit use the YOUR local support page to get help straight away.

COMMON ISSUES

CRACKED NIPPLES
This happens when the baby doesn’t attach properly. Your partner could get a breast infection or reduced milk supply and it might put her off continuing to breastfeed. She shouldn’t have to suffer—seek help.

MASTITIS
This is caused when bacteria gets into a blocked milk duct. It can infect the breast (often through a cracked nipple) and requires treat- ment with antibiotics. Continuing to feed can actually help clear it up —so encourage her not to give up.

THRUSH
Some babies get thrush in their mouth. This can be passed to mum when feeding and can be painful for them both. It usually requires treatment with drops, gel or cream.

FEEDING PROBLEMS
It’s possible that your partner won’t be able to produce enough milk or it might not flow freely. But this is almost always down to fine-tuning technique. Getting her position right is vital to make sure the baby is attached and feeding properly. It’s also an idea to get to know how ‘latching on’ works and what it looks like when done properly so you can help in a more hands on way.

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