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ECZEMA OF THE NIPPLE AND/OR AREOLA

ECZEMA OF THE NIPPLE AND/OR AREOLA

The term eczema is defined as an inflammatory skin condition with erythema, inflammation, papules, vesicles, exudates and crusts, lichenification, skin erosion, fissures, excoriations and desquamation, located in the area of the nipple and/or areola.  This definition covers several types of dermatitis (seborrheic and atopic) and contact irritation or hypersensitivity. In addition, this lesion often occurs concomitantly with Staphylococcus aureus skin infections.  Symptoms commonly manifested by women who suffer from it are: itching, burning and pain both when breastfeeding and when…

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Do I have low breast milk supply?

Do I have low breast milk supply?

Usually all mothers have the optimal amount of milk for their babies, but there are situations where mothers may have a low milk production, which can interfere with the baby’s growth. Low milk supply exists and there are mothers who are unable to maintain exclusive breastfeeding. Many women desperately seek the cause of their low milk production and do not always find the answers. To understand hypogalactia (low milk production) you should know first, that it is multifactorial, that is…

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How to prevent sore nipples when breastfeeding

How to prevent sore nipples when breastfeeding

It seems that most women assume that breastfeeding is painful during the first few days or even believe that it is necessary to wait for the nipples to “toughen up” but this is not the case at all. Nipple damage should not be part of breastfeeding as well as pain should not be part of breastfeeding.   What are sore nipples? Sore nipples from breastfeeding are wounds of bigger or smaller size to the nipple: at the front, sides or…

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Your baby’s three-month growth spurt: questions and answers

Your baby’s three-month growth spurt: questions and answers

As many of you know, a growth spurt, or sometimes also called a breastfeeding crisis, is a response to a clear increase in milk demand from the baby, who asks to breastfeed at all times and may be nervous, irritable and seemingly insatiable. Coincidentally, these increases in demand occur around the same time to all babies. This shows that it is a common, biological and necessary behaviour, that most of us go through. Some mothers may not notice it, but…

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Your baby’s growth spurt at 15-20 days

Your baby’s growth spurt at 15-20 days

If you have a baby between 15-20 days, you may notice that she is more restless and very fussy at the breast, doesn’t let go at all or wants to feed all the time, she may even have a milk reflux from the large amount she is drinking. It is very likely that you feel that something out of your control is happening and you feel confused or scared by this behavior of your newborn. Maybe you are imagining the…

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What is a growth spurt?

What is a growth spurt?

Your baby suddenly wants to feed all the time, is more irritated and fuzzy, cries, seems to want to feed constantly, but is struggling at the breast… And maybe you are thinking: Am I running out of milk?  But wait… maybe your baby is going through a growth spurt! Babies usually go through several growth spurts (some call them frequency days, in Spanish we even call them breastfeeding crisis) during the first 12 months of life, when their demand for…

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Bronchiolitis and breastfeeding

Bronchiolitis and breastfeeding

Bronchiolitis is a rather frequent lung infection during winter months in infants and toddlers. It causes inflammation and congestion in the smaller branches of the bronchial airways (bronchioles). In most cases bronchiolitis is caused by a virus. It begins as a cold (mucus, sneezing, sore throat, slight fever) and from the fourth day on, it spreads to the bronchi. This stage usually lasts between 5 and 7 days, although sometimes the cough persists for another week or two. What can…

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What is nipple confusion and how can it be solved?

What is nipple confusion and how can it be solved?

There has been a debate whether nipple confusion (or sometimes called nipple-teat confusion) exists or whether it is a myth. In reality, evidence and our experience in supporting thousands of breastfeeding mothers shows, there are all types of babies: those who can suck a teat, a pacifier/dummie and at the mother’s breast interchangeably without any problems and other babies, who are given one single feed from a bottle and seem to no longer know or want to breastfeed. There are…

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Breast engorgement

Breast engorgement

In another post from a few months ago we explained the coming in of mature milk after colostrum: this is a physiological process and takes place 24-48 hours after birth. But this process can come with complications and become a painful problem. Today we will talk about breast engorgement and how to solve it.   But let’s start from the beginning: What is breast engorgement? An engorgement is an accumulation of liquids: liquid, blood, plasma… in your breast in the…

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First hours after C-section

First hours after C-section

Currently, one in five babies is born by C-section in the world and although there is increasing knowledge about postpartum after this type of intervention, it is true that mothers may face similar difficulties and myths may appear that could affect the good start of breastfeeding. We are going to resolve the main doubts that mothers may have about the start of breastfeeding after a caesarean section.   If I am anaesthetised, do I have to wait to breastfeed? No,…

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