BREASTFEEDING Top tips for dealing with specific issues
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.