Take an anti inflammatory medication Drain the breast – Breastfeed at least 8-12 times in 24hrs. Make sure the latch is correct and use breast compressions Reverse pressure softening Heat only for a few minutes prior to a feed, ice post Wear a supportive bra Green cabbage leaves – up to 20 mins no more than 3 times a day as they can decrease supply.
Check your nipples for colour change ie white or purple If they change colour the cause may be Raynauds Rule out a bacterial infection – if you see pus or a yellow scab on the nipples or healing is slow see a medical professional. Bactroban is the ointment of choice to nipples but you may need antibiotics if this isn’t enough Rule out thrush – burning nipples and shooting pains Thrush treatment – nilstat drops for baby and miconazole cream to nipples
A combination of these are going to get the best result. Breast stimulation is the MOST important and effective way to have a good milk supply. Deep Latch - If you don't have a good latch you won't remove milk well and hence your body know to make enough. Feed Frequently - Feed 2-3hrly during the day; no more than 4 hrs overnight Double pumping after a feed - 10 mins straight after MOST feeds. The Bellema Effective Pro is great at Increasing Supply Power pumping - This is when you pump for ten minutes, rest for ten minutes, and so on, for a total of 60 minutes making up the ‘power hour.’ (This can be done a few times a day.)
Incorrect latch - this can lead to low milk supply and painful nipples. Have a read below of some tips that can help: 1. "U" shaped breast 2. Get baby to open mouth wide 3. Aim nipple to nose 4. Chin to breast 5. Babies tongue should drop down 6. Listen for swallows 7. A good feed should last 10-20 mins per side (in the early days) 8. Offer both breasts 9. If its painful, break the seal by inserting your finger into the corner of bubs mouth. 10. Nipple pain peaks day 3-6 but shouldn't last more than 2 weeks. If pain persists see an LC.
DOES YOUR PERIOD DECREASE YOUR MILK SUPPLY? It is common to have a drop in supply at certain points in your cycle, often from mid-cycle to around the time of your period. It can also be less comfortable to breastfeeding at this time. This is due to the hormonal changes and is only temporary. A daily dose of 500 to 1,000 mg of a calcium and magnesium supplement from the middle of your cycle through the first three days of your period may help minimize any drop in supply.