I know that breastfeeding can seem like a very foreign concept to the first-time mom. Many women feel anxious as to whether or not baby will latch initially or whether they will have enough milk—especially those with breast alterations!
My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you give yourself a chance to “settle-in” with breastfeeding. Although breastfeeding is a natural process, it may take longer than you think to get used to it, so be patient.
In the meantime, here are five tips for troubled breasts. Even if you think you’re in the clear, be prepared, because when an infection or problem hits (whether it’s a blocked duct, engorgement, infection or just plain old nipple irritation), it hits hard.
Five Tips for Troubled Breasts
1. The most important thing is to keep well hydrated. That’s right, water is your best prevention for breast infections.
2. If you feel at all irritated, try breast gel pads or if you don’t have any, try a cool cabbage leaf inserted inside your bra. Just don’t leave it on too long or it will dry out your milk supply.
3. Massage the “sore” spot (deep massage is best), but do it while bending over just slightly to work with gravity—this made a huge difference for me when I had my breast infection!
4. Add garlic to your food, or better yet, take oregano oil; both are both antibiotics and worked wonders for me. Of course, do make sure to check with your local health care provider before you try these to make sure its suitable for you.
5. Make sure to take your vitamins, especially Vitamin C and essential fatty acids—these are an important part of any health routine.
There are many benefits to both you and your baby for breastfeeding so be patient and prepare yourself for “what ifs” so that you can keep your stress level low because stress will do the opposite, it will slow down your milk supply.
Originally published on MichelleMoss