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Milk Supply: Too much and Too little

Dana
DANA
Lactation Consultant
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Are you worried if your little one is getting enough millk? Are you leaking through your breast pads or having extreme let downs? Ask Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka how you can keep your supply in check.

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Thrush
NOELLE, PARENT OF 7 YEAR OLD, 5 YEAR OLD, 22 MONTH OLD

Hi, my baby is 4 weeks old. I’ve had issues with a poor latch on one side that I think we got resolved, but now I’m worried I could have thrush and I’m worried about it affecting my milk supply. My left breast has basically been sore since the beginning and just feels a little itchy with some sharper pains deeper in the breast. Baby’s tongue has some whiteness that doesn’t seem to easily wipe off. Are there any natural ways to treat - it’s not too bad yet and doesn’t seem to be affecting how much baby is nursing. I’m trying to also pump after every other feed to build up a supply and I’m concerned this could affect it. Any tips would be appreciated!

Dana
DANA

Hi, Noelle. So glad the latch seems more comfortable. This is first line of defense for preventing infections/thrush. Thrush is very hard to diagnose so if you suspect you have it, I would recommend seeing your OB/midwife. Here's a link to a great resource by breastfeeding expert Dr Jack Newman on the protocol to treat thrush. Early strategies include genetian violet and grapeseed oil.

https://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/informations/candida-protocol/

Good luck!

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Breastfeeding concerns
MONICA

Hello, I have been trying to breastfeed my newborn, but I am beginning to have some concerns. I believe that I am suffering from severe engorgement. My baby is 4 days old and my breast hurt really badly, they’re hard, extremely hot, the nipple has enlarged and the baby is having a hard time to latch. I am trying to cool the breast with a cold cloth, I have taken the ibprofen the hospital proscribed to me. Is there something that I can do to help overcome the pain and engorgement?

Dana
DANA

Hi Monica - hang in there! I suggest a warm shower right before you try to feed. This will help the milk flow. Also, you can use a technique called “reverse pressure softening” to push back some of the swelling in areola - use both thumbs to push gently on areola at base of nipple for 30 seconds and then move Position a bit (or make peace sign and put nipple between.) this should help baby latch easier. After you nurse you can use ice packs to help relieve the swelling. If you still can’t get babe to latch hand express or pump for just a couple minutes and then try. You don’t want to overpump because this just perpetuates the problem! Good luck! It should subside in 24-48 hours.