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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?
Nope: 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?
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
Maybe: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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