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Mastitis

Having a sore breast can be a painful and alarming experience and can occur when the milk flow in your breast is blocked. Your breast may feel tender, there may or may not be redness or a hard spot or sore lump in your breast. Treat any engorgement promptly to avoid developing blocked ducts or mastitis.Whether you have a sore breast, a blocked duct or a breast infection, the initial care is similar: nurse frequently, rest and apply heat to the tender area.... Read More

Un episodio de mastitis

Mar Mendiola, Essone, France Photo: Jamie Sia Photography 4 meses de lactancia maravillosa hasta que… Ese viernes en la mañana amanecí con fiebre, dolor de cabeza y cuerpo cortado, ‘chin, siento que me va a dar gripe’ pensé, pero mi mente no quiso apoyar a mi cuerpo y le dijo que más tarde se le iba a … Read More

Congestión y Mastitis: Suavizando los Baches

Philippa Pearson-Glaze Traducido por Eva Marsal, Barcelona, España Foto: Evangeline y Ruth cortesía de Sally Hobson Photography Amamantar es normal y natural, pero cómo hacerlo es algo que a menudo aprendemos de nuestras madres, hermanas y amigas. En los sitios donde hemos perdido el arte de amamantar a lo largo de varias generaciones, los intentos de … Read More

Twice as Nice

Kasia Jedrzejewska, London, UK Alex was three pounds and nine ounces (1.8kg) when he was born. That’s about half of an average newborn’s weight. His twin brother Nathan was six pounds and eight ounces (3.1kg). Although they had separate placentas and separate amniotic sacs so that one should not have been taking from the other, … Read More

Breastfeeding with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Photo: Belle Verdiglione First published June 2016 DEUTSCH PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women. Symptoms include: Raised levels of insulin (that can lead to excessive weight gain). Raised levels of male hormones (that can lead to acne and growth of unwanted hair). Irregular menses, ovarian cysts. Raised risk of diabetes. Underdevelopment of breast tissue. … Read More

Was It Worth It?

JESSICA WIMPENNY, Silsden, West Yorkshire, UK Originally published January 2015 and republished with the express permission of the author. Prior to my baby’s birth I decided to opt for breastfeeding her. This decision was based on the apparent ease of it as a feeding method, the knowledge that I could be anywhere at any time and … Read More

Cancer and Breastfeeding

DIANA WEST, BA, IBCLC Originally published December 2011, updated November 2015 and republished with the express permission of the author. Here are answers to some of the most common questions mothers have when facing the possibility or reality of cancer while breastfeeding: Breastfeeding from a breast with cancer will not give the baby cancer in any … Read More

My Relactation Story

ODETTE MILLER, CITY OF TSHWANE, SOUTH AFRICA Originally published November 2015, republished here with the express permission of the author. Photo: Smitten Photography My relactation story From the minute we found out we were expecting another little miracle (and because I didn’t breastfeed my first baby due to a lack of good information) I decided I … Read More

tiny baby hand holding mother's ring finger, mother's little finger curls over the top of baby's arm

Breastfeeding for HIV-Positive Mothers

Pamela Morrison IBCLC Originally published November 2014,  updated and republished with the express permission of the author. Recommendations from global health authorities endorse exclusive breastfeeding for all babies for the first six months of life and continued partial breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. (1) Yet it is commonly believed that the one … Read More