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HaveHav lac­ta­tion or breast­feed­ing con­cerns? Ask Ef­fath

Mother & Baby - - BUMP TO BIRTH -

Ef­fath Yas­min My baby is three months old. While I have man­aged to set a rou­tine when it comes to nurs­ing, I’ve no­ticed that he’s con­stantly fall­ing asleep at the breast within the first five min­utes of his feed. I’m wor­ried that he’s not feed­ing enough. He wakes up very of­ten for milk but is al­most asleep as soon as he be­gins feed­ing. More­over, my nip­ples are pink. They hurt be­tween feeds and I feel a shoot­ing pain in my breasts. I’m con­cerned that my baby is not get­ting his fill, my breasts are sore and nurs­ing has be­come a dis­com­fort. Please ad­vise me. KAVYA THAKUR, KOLHAPUR Dear Kavya, Thank you for writ­ing to Mother & Baby. I un­der­stand your con­cern but let me ap­plaud you for your ded­i­ca­tion. Your baby is blessed to have a mother like you; some­one de­ter­mined to pro­vide the best nu­tri­tion, de­spite the clear strug­gle. The ini­tial days af­ter birth can be very over­whelm­ing. It’s per­fectly nor­mal to feel ex­hausted to a point that the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence is tough on you. From what I un­der­stand about your par­tic­u­lar prob­lem, these are all symp­toms of thrush, an in­fec­tion caused by the over­growth of fun­gus that is nat­u­rally present in our bod­ies. The fun­gus can eas­ily get trans­mit­ted from your baby’s mouth to your nip­ple and back, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to go away. More­over, it can spread to all mem­bers of the fam­ily and will some­times need treat­ment for all in close prox­im­ity.

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