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Crying Baby…

 

As you may have realised, babies cry. This is the only way for them to communicate!

 

Why cry?

 

  • Dirty nappy
  • Cuddle (skin to skin)
  • Sleep (to be left alone)
  • Pain
  • Too warm or too cold
  • Uncomfortable/restricted clothing
  • Scared i.e. funny noise/smell
  • Teething
  • Or, they may need a feed.

 

What’s normal feeding?

 

Breastfed babies need to be fed responsively - they should be fed as often and for as long as they want. Breastfeeding is more than just a food. Breastfed babies get comfort and security as well by being breastfed.   

 

What are the hunger signs?

 

  • Rooting (mouth open turning head)
  • Sucking hands/clothing
  • Little murmuring noises
  • Rapid Eye Movement (eyes flickering under eye lids when asleep)
  • Wriggling/restless.

Conditions...

 

Conditions…

 

Thrush more

 

Thrush (Candida Albicans) infection can affect the breast whilst mum is breastfeeding.

 

The symptoms can present themselves to both mum and baby usually after six weeks following birth. These are:

 

Mum

 

  • Sudden start of breast/nipple pain
  • Itchy nipple/super sensitive
  • Cracked nipples that don’t heal even when attachment is done right
  • Permanent loss of colour in nipple and areola
  • Extreme pain occurs in both breasts (maybe one while in early stage). And pain is present even after expressing by hand.

 

Baby

 

  • Creamy white patches in baby’s mouth/tongue that doesn’t rub off
  • Baby keeps pulling off when feeding
  • Baby can be windy, upset, unsettled.

 

If you think you have thrush, contact:

 

Health Visiting Teams: www.wirralct.nhs.uk

 

Home Start Breastfeeding Peer Support Wirral: 0151 647 8370 or 0778 022 0481

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National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212

 

Treatment and More information:

www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/leaflets-and-publications.html

 

www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/pdfs/dibm/FAQs_Thrush__and_Breastfeeding_Jan-2012.pdf

 

Mastitis more

 

Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast. Symptoms include:

 

  • Red area on the breast (commonly upper outer)
  • Pain on touching
  • Whole breast may ache and become red
  • Flu-like symptoms, i.e. temperature, achy body, etc.

 

There are a few things that you can do to prevent mastitis. These are:

 

  • Avoid long gaps between feeds
  • Avoid tight bra and tight clothes
  • Don’t hold the breast tightly when feeding
  • Whatever you do, do not stop feeding
  • If you have signs then get help.

 

Self-help

 

  • Continue feeding, especially on sore breast
  • Feed more and express if uncomfortable between feeds
  • At every feed, make sure you feed/express off sore breast
  • Hand express gently at the end of feed
  • Check positioning and attachment
  • Use warm flannels/running waters to soothe
  • As you feed, try gently running your flat fingers (or round toothed comb) over the sore area towards the nipple
  • Check your clothes/bra fit properly
  • Rest when possible
  • Get help!

 

If you think you have mastitis, you can contact the following for advice and guidance:

 

Home Start Breastfeeding Peer Support Wirral: 0151 647 8370 or 0778 022 0481

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Health Visiting Teams: www.wirralct.nhs.uk  

 

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212

 

Or contact your GP

 

Sore Nipples more

 

Contrary to popular belief, sore nipples are NOT normal when breastfeeding and, in fact, it should be pain free.

 

Signs of a problem are:

 

  • Cracked/bleeding nipples
  • Discoloured nipples
  • Itching nipples
  • Dry flaky skin
  • Misshaped nipple.

 

For advice and guidance you can contact:
Home Start Breastfeeding Peer Support Wirral: 0151 608 8288 or 0778 022 0481
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Colic more

 

Colic is common in babies and affects roughly one in five babies. The condition is where a baby will cry, or show signs of distress for no apparent reason. It affects both sexes equally and some symptoms include:

 

  • Unexplained fussiness or irritability
  • Crying over a long period of time often the same time of day, usually evening
  • They may pull their legs up
  • Can be soothed briefly, will start again if put down
  • Maybe windy with a hard tummy
  • Colic is more common in artificially fed babies but can affect breast fed babies.

 

For further information and help please contact:

 

Home Start Breastfeeding Peer Support Wirral: 0151 647 8370 or 0778 022 0481

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Health Visiting Teams: www.wirralct.nhs.uk  

 

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212

 

Breastfeeding and…

 

Breastfeeding and…

 

Medications more

 

Information and help please visit www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

Last Updated: Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:42

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