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Breastfeeding mothers sometimes encounter problems. Most of these problems can be worked out, and breastfeeding can continue. There are several common problems that many women experience.
* Low milk supply-Milk production is based on supply and demand. If you feel that your milk supply is low, breastfeed your baby more often.
* Clogged milk ducts-Sometimes milk ducts can become clogged and cause soreness to breastfeeding moms. Nurse more often and for longer periods on the affected breast until you feel relief.
* Mastitis-Mastitis is characterized by a triagular shaped, red area on the side of the breast. It is typically very painful and is an indication of an infection in breastfeeding mothers. If a breastfeeding mom is diagnosed with mastitis, she will usually be given antibiotics.
* Inverted nipples-Sometimes a newborn has problems latching on because of a woman's inverted nipples. Nipple shields can be used to help baby breastfeed, at least in the first few weeks after he or she has been born.
You should contact your doctor if you're concerned about any of the issues.
A bloody discharge from the nipples during the first week of breastfeeding may be caused by increased blood flow to the breast, along with the growth of milk-producing tissue. This is a harmless condition, and should go away without treatment in a few days.
If your baby has thrush, you may get cracked nipples and shooting pains in the breast during or after a feeding. Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth that results when yeast naturally present in the body grows and spreads out of control.