The main cause of sore nipples is incorrect positioning of the baby at the breast. If you cannot improve her position yourself, or your nipples are not healing you can get help from your midwife, a lactation consultant, or the La Leche League. To help heal sore and cracked nipples:
Breast fullness occurs usually 24-48 hours after birth. This means that the breasts have become distended and are hot and painful to touch. To relieve breast fullness and engorgement you can try:
Breast lumps while breastfeeding may mean that you have a blocked duct. To help clear blocked ducts try:
A painless, persistent lump should be checked by your midwife or doctor. You may have a breast infection if you have aches and pains, fever, feel shivery like you have the flu, or have a painful pink or red area on the breast. If you have any of these symptoms contact your midwife or doctor as soon as possible.
If you are having problems or concerns with breastfeeding, talk to your midwife, lactation consultant or La Leche League.
As well as colic being stressful itself for babies and parents, many studies have shown that stress, depression, “the blues” and other coping or health problems in mothers (and fathers) can cause colicky babies. Most strategies aim to improve coping strategies while the baby naturally grows out of the colic with time.