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Painful Breastfeeding

Dana C.
DANA C.
Lactation Consultant
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Are you experiencing pain while breastfeeding? This could be due to engorgement, clogged ducts, or an infection. Ask Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka, how you can be pain free and start enjoying breastfeeding your baby again.

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Breastfeeding
MARIA

Feeling nauseaous while breastfeeding

Dana
DANA

UGH! I'm sorry! Some moms do experience nausea during "let down" because
of hormonal changes. Does it subside after a few minutes or stay
throughout entire nursing session? Do you experience it with pumping too?
Unfortunately, I have not heard of anything that alleviates this all
together. But, many moms do learn how to manage it and many moms report
the feeling diminishes over time. Many moms report that a snack right
before or during breastfeeding helps a bit (usually a carb!). Are there any
tricks that make it feel a bit better for you -- maybe deep
breathing/meditating through that phase? Distraction with phone or TV?

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Latching issues?
COURTNEY, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

I'm not sure if my child is having latching issues or it's something else. It'll hurt for a second when she latches but it hurts the most when she's done nursing. It's mostly nipple pain

Dana
DANA

Hi, Courtney -

Sorry to hear you are in pain! It's possible it's from a shallow latch...
If nipple is compressed during the nursing session, the nipple can be painful after the feed when the blood starts flowing back to the nipple. It may even look white or purple.
The best treatment in this case is fixing the underlying issue (i.e., trying to get a deeper latch). In the meantime, to help alleviate the pain, try putting your palm to your nipple as soon as baby unlatches ...

Some moms do experience "vasospasms" even though the latch is "good." For more info, take a look at this link:

https://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipple-blanching/

If the pain persists, I would recommend making an appointment with your OB to rule out an infection or thrush too.

Good luck!