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Breast Feeding With Pierced Nipple
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
Possibly: If the piercing hits into the ducts, milk flow could be affected. Production should not be a problem, but you may be more prone to mastitis and/or have some minor problems with let down of the milk. That being said, I have known many women to breast feed without any problems who had history of nipple piercing, so I wouldn't rule it out just based on that. ...Read more
Remove Jewelry: Just take the jewelry out before feedings; there shouldn't be any problems nursing with pierced nipples. ...Read more
I am breast feeding my daughter and I want to know if it is normal for my breast and nipples to itch and also my nipples burn. Is this normal?
I would suspect you may have thrush or candida on your nipples...If that is the case she may have thrush in her mouth as well.
You can use vinegar 1 tsp in 1 cup water and wash yur nipples after every feed. If you cannot see if she has thrush see her pediatrician. Unless both of you are treated you will bounce it back and forth. ...Read more
Breast feeding, I noticed a painful white bubble type thing in the middle of my nipple, I thought milk was just stuck but it doesn't come off?
Can piercing my nipple increase sensitivity and sensation its not real sensitive now. And will it disrupt breast feeding when I have a baby?
Nipple piercing: Piercing may increase your sensitivity, but may hinder your breast feeding ...Read more
I'm pregnant and breast feeding freaks me out - I don't like the idea of anything sucking on my nipples, but I really want to try it. What do I do?
Lactation consult: Labor and delivery wards now usually have lactation consultants on their staff to help with just the problem that you're having. Breast-feeding has become very privatized and so for some people it just doesn't seem normal. However it's a natural phenomenon and is one of the best ways you can care for your baby. Seek help. ...Read more
I am breast feeding 2 wk old little one. And my breast are starting to itch on the under side of my breast. Not the nipple but my skin on my breast.?
Call your OB: Congratulations on breastfeeding. It is possible that a skin rash, including a yeast infection can develop when a large breast and the chest wall are in contact. Your OB can prescribe an ointment for this skin irritation or infection. Using a medication called Nystatin ointment. ...Read more
You could try using a breast pump so that you get used to the sensation. That said, keep in mind that the actual suckling of the baby is mechanically much more than the neg pressure generated from the suction pump.
Also, that the act of nursing your baby is itself the best way to get your nipples to adapt. Congrats on your baby and your decision to breast feed. Good luck. ...Read more
Possibly: Nipple Piercings have led to cellulitis & abscesses. The jewelry can snag against clothing with potential of traumatic tears to the nipple. Additionally, scar tissue on the nipple or jewelry can block a milk duck & in some cases make it more difficult to latch during breastfeeding. ...Read more
Mastitis: It sounds like you may have mastitis, a common infection of the breast. See your doctor to confirm, as mastitis should be treated with antibiotics. It is safe to continue breast feeding your baby during treatment, but if you do not want to feed the baby the milk from the infected breast, "pump and dump" - get the milk out with a breast pump regularly, then throw it away. ...Read more
Can cause problems!: Nipple Piercings have led to cellulitis & abscesses. The jewelry can snag against clothing with potential of traumatic tears to the nipple. Additionally, scar tissue on the nipple or jewelry can block a milk duck & in some cases make it more difficult to latch during breastfeeding. ...Read more
I stopped breast feeding about a month ago and now have little lumps around my left nipple that hurt. Is this normal?
See doctor: Breast feeding usually does not cause any problem, little lumps appeared on only left nipple after a month of stopping breast feeding. These painful lumps may be due to some infection. Consult your doctor, get it checked up and get treated ...Read more
Can I pump 3 days after having baby? Been breast feeding but way to painful and nipples are cut up, just want to pump and feed instead of breast
Is mastitis purely developed from breast feeding, lactation etc or just the sucking of nipple that develops it and therefore infects?
Recently stopped breast feeding my 19 month old. Now under my nipple is a very painful, hard lump. Very scared and in quite a bit of pain.
My wife says she has been experiencing sharp pains in breasts, sore nipples and pink. She has been breast feeding our new borne. Should we be worried?
Probably not: In the first few days and sometimes week or two of breastfeeding it can be painful. This is especially true if first child. There are many things you can do to relieve pain and the la leche league can be a good resource. If there is localized heat or redness or you have a fever there may be an infection and should see a provider to confirm. Even with infection you do not have to stop feeding. ...Read more
Yes: This is pretty common. Some women get so sore they just give up. Call your local la leche chapter for support and tips on helping the tenderness. ...Read more
Please clarify: Please clarify what you mean -- are you talking about stimulation to increase breast milk production? Are you asking if it's safe to stimulate during intimacy? Need more info. ...Read more
Gentle: Simple gentle massage will do for half the length of a normal breastfeeding, no need to make yourself sore, make sure your hands have a lotion with some lanolin to avoid irritation of the skin. Gentle rubbing or rolling the nipple and areola with your hand works, or simply use a breast pump to mimic the baby suckling ...Read more
Yes: That is also a common practice among male and female marathon runners to prevent injury to nipples from continuous low level friction from shirt. ...Read more
Stopped breast feeding a yr ago, recently feel like boobs are filling and pain in nipples. No chance of pregnancy?
Breast exam: Anytime one notices a new pain, mass, lump, bump or skin change in the breast it is very important to have this evaluated by a doctor who can help determine if any work up or testing is needed. Breast pain has a lot of possible causes such as weight gain, dietary changes, caffeine intake, changes in exercise patterns, ill fitting bras and many others. ...Read more
I have a sudden inverted nipple after breast feeding my son 9 yrs ago. He was my third breast fed baby. My ob has never seemed concerned.
Nipple ins and outs: As long as the breast itself is self examined by you monthly after a period and there are no lumps or nipple discharges then after 9 years there really isn't a reason to be concerned. Nipple inversions often occur in women with multiply breast feed successive infants. ...Read more
Hi, I am breast feeding and noticing a white patch under the skin near my nipple. Could that be milk stuck under the skin or something else?
I am not breast feeding or pregnant and I have no children. I am 16 and my left nipple feels like it is on fire. I tried lotion and it made its worse.
May be infection: Please have it seen by a doctor. Sometimes superficial infections and irritation may need to be treated. ...Read more
My baby is three weeks old and I am breast-feeding. I use body wash on my nipples in the shower. Could this harm the baby when she feeds by getting it in her mouth?
No: These products are non toxic but likely she will appreciate it, if you rinse off the product. All the best. ...Read more
Hi doctor I pregnant but my breast nipples twisted I fear becuse I like breast feeding for my baby!?
Twisted?: Not sure what you mean by twisted, but almost all women can breast feed. Sometimes if women have inverted nipples it can be difficult, but even then, most of the time it can work out. See a lactation consultant if there is one in your area. Search for one here: http://www. Ilca. Org/i4a/pages/index. Cfm? Pageid=3432. ...Read more
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