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Will I be able to breast feed if my nipples continue to be cracked after my birth?

Will I be able to breast feed if my nipples continue to be cracked after my birth?

Yes: Sometimes nipples are cracked before delivery because the skin is dry and rubbing against irritating clothing. After delivery you can try wearing breast shells to prevent chaffing from clothing or you can use hydrogels to soothe cracked nipples. After delivery cracked nipples is often a sign of a poor latch so see a lactation consultant asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

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


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Is if true that if you have tiny nipples it is more difficult for you to breast feed?

Is if true that if you have tiny nipples it is more difficult for you to breast feed?

No : I have never heard this or seen it in breast feeding moms. The size of the nipple/areola should not make any difference. I suppose it could and if you are concerned see a lactation consultant in your area for help and more information. ...Read more

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I am not able to breast feed my baby because I think my nipples are too small.?

I am not able to breast feed my baby because I think my nipples are too small.?

You should be fine: Most breasts, regardless of size or shape, are able to provide adequate nutrition and breast milk for your baby. If you have had any type of surgery to your breasts, breast feeding may not be possible. Have a lactation consultant assist you with latching so that your baby gets enough milk. ...Read more

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Give birth and couldn't breast feed on and was told to stop trying. I feel like my depression is worse. Could that have happened due to depression?

Talk to your doc: There are variety of reasons why a mother can't successfully breastfeed. Having post-partum depression doesn't help. Get help: talk to your doctor about how you are feeling; lactation consultants can help troubleshoot breastfeeding problems. Whatever the outcome with breastfeeding, remember this: not being able to nurse at breast doesn't make you a bad mother or that you've failed your baby. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give my 2 year old breast milk since i just birthed his brother a week ago? My son is 2 years and 2 months old and now that he is a big brother he wants to have what his brother is having when i breast feed him. I tried very hard to breast fee

Is it ok to give my 2 year old breast milk since i just birthed his brother a week ago? My son is 2 years and 2 months old and now that he is a big brother he wants to have what his brother is having when i breast feed him. I tried very hard to breast fee

There : There is nothing unhealthy about your breast milk for your 2 yr. Old. I would recommend that you offer it in a cup though, as there is no reason to encourage your toddler to believe he should be treated the same as a newborn. Some regression in behavior is common when a new baby arrives, but it should not be encouraged. Instead shower your 2 yr. Old with praise for being the very important "big brother.". ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more