Adequate preparation can thwart issues that may cause breast discomfort and deter a new mother from continuing to breastfeed.  Relieving pain from breastfeeding and engorgement is important for adhering to full-term nursing.  According to an online publication by Medela, engorgement occurs within the first few days after delivery, and is a result of the body’s milk production.

Engorgement can make breast feel especially tender or sore if milk is not properly expelled as a result of poor latch or infrequent feedings.  When the breasts are too firm some babies cannot latch on well which may cause increased nipple soreness.  If engorgement becomes too severe mothers can develop a low grade fever signaling infection.  If this occurs it is important to contact your healthcare provider right away.

To avoid pain from engorgement you should begin breastfeeding as soon as possible.  Feedings should be frequent, at least eight times within a 24 hour period.  Make sure to seek the advice of a lactation consultant to address issues early on such as poor latch.  Anytime a feeding is missed it is a good idea to use hand expression or pumping to remove breast milk, and avoid discomfort associated with overly full breasts.

Most insurance policies cover the cost of owning a double electric breast pump when acquired from a Durable Medical Equipment, DME provider like Aeroflow Healthcare Breastpumps.  Click here to see if you qualify for a breast pump through insurance.

You can also reduce discomfort while nursing by gently massaging the breast when the baby pauses to help drain the breast.  Applying cold compresses post feedings can also reduce swelling. An ill-fitting nursing bra may also induce breast pain and discomfort, so make sure you have the best fit for your body where nursing bras are concerned.  Click here to learn more about how to determine the nursing bra fit that will yield the most comfort and benefit to you. When treating sore nipples and breasts you may want to consider breast care items available on our online store.  

The Medela brand products such as the Tender Care Hydrogel Pads are a great way to deliver cooling relief in between feedings.  Medela Tender Care Lanolin is a great way to treat cracked nipples, and is comprised of all natural ingredients.  Tender Care Lanolin is safe for both mom and baby, so there is no need to remove residual product from the breast before feeding sessions.  Medela Disposable Nursing Pads are another great item to have on hand as these nursing pads provide a barrier which prevents tender nipples from rubbing against clothing.  Additionally these nursing pads wick moisture away from the breast keeping the area dry and preventing leakage from permeating through clothing as well. 

So make sure you pick up these great items today after you’ve submitted your information through our Qualify Through Insurance form.  Having a breast pump and breast care items will minimize pain and discomfort while keeping you committed to full term breastfeeding.