BREAST­FEED­ING Top tips for deal­ing with spe­cific is­sues

Your Baby & Toddler - - BREASTFEEDING -

vomit milk a while after feed­ing and ap­pear to be un­set­tled. If your baby does this, he may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heart­burn, ir­ri­ta­tion and pain, as the acidic con­tents of his stom­ach have re­gur­gi­tated up into his oe­soph­a­gus. He may give a lit­tle cough or try and clear his throat, and arch his back or keep stiff like a board, of­ten with pe­ri­ods of cry­ing.

Keep your baby up­right for a short while after feeds. El­e­vate his bed from head to toe, by putting a cush­ion or folded towel un­der the mat­tress or us­ing a wedge to lift him. Of­fer him small feeds more of­ten.

Tis­sue salts avail­able from phar­ma­cies, may also help re­lieve dis­com­fort.

If your baby is cry­ing for long pe­ri­ods, not set­tling to sleep, and only com­fort­able in an up­right po­si­tion, usu­ally in your arms, then it is pos­si­ble that he has re­flux. When it starts to in­ter­fere with baby’s day and his de­vel­op­ment, and you feel like you are un­able to achieve much else, then it is ad­vised to see your doc­tor for med­i­cal man­age­ment. tie on breast­feed­ing, as well as speech. It may be nec­es­sary for the frenu­lum to be snipped by a doc­tor, to re­lease the tongue. Quite of­ten an im­me­di­ate im­prove­ment is noted after this. may help re­lieve pain.

Take a painkiller – prefer­ably an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion.

In­crease your in­take of flu­ids (wa­ter, rooi­bos tea, etc). Rest. Feed your baby of­ten to en­cour­age drainage.

If it is not a lot bet­ter in 24 hours, then an an­tibi­otic may be nec­es­sary, so go to your doc­tor.

Call a lactation con­sul­tant to be guided cor­rectly and pre­vent fur­ther progress of the is­sue, which may re­sult in an ab­scess.

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