During pregnancy, moms-to-be usually look forward to breastfeeding. Bonding time with your babe, quiet nursing sessions, and burning some serious calories along with helping your reproductive organs contract back to shape faster post-delivery are true breastfeeding highlights. Still, for a lot of new mamas, nursing is just downright difficult. Besides proper latching and engorgement, common breast infections like mastitis and worry about milk supply can start to weigh you down. Read on for some easy natural fixes to common breastfeeding concerns.
While breastfeeding isn't necessarily the right choice for every woman, the health benefits associated with nursing are huge (for both mama and baby). Breastfed babes tend to get fewer colds and viruses, as well as more resistance to gastrointestinal infections. Nutritious breast milk also decreases the risk of chronic illnesses later in life. For the nursing mamas, breastfeeding your baby can help you bounce back from pregnancy and childbirth faster. And that's not to mention that precious mom and baby time.
What can go wrong with breastfeeding?
Fussy babies and engorged breasts are just some of the problems you can encounter when breastfeeding. The great news is, there are natural fixes for common nursing concerns such as preventing mastitis and increasing milk flow.
What is mastitis?
Mastitis is an inflammation and infection of the breast. Blocked ducts and engorged breasts can lead to mastitis. Moms between three weeks to six months postpartum are more at risk, and other risk factors for mastitis include poor latch and infrequent feedings with baby. Signs of mastitis are redness, pain, and breast tenderness, along with flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.
How to prevent and treat mastitis
To prevent mastitis, make sure your baby is latching properly to begin with. A good latch helps avoid nipple soreness and reduces risk of breast engorgement. Use Mastos Breast Oil to address inflammation, infection, and pain, and to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid from the breast tissue. As you apply the oil, give yourself a gentle breast massage at the same time—it helps!
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Increase milk flow, naturally
Sufficient milk flow is a common concern for nursing mamas. If you're worried about not producing enough milk, make sure you're getting enough rest and also eating high-nutrient foods with lots of good fats. If that's not enough, try Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle blend for a healthy lactation boost.
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