Breastfeeding Complications: How the heck do I wean?

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If you’ve reached your breastfeeding goal, you may be wondering how to wean without any negative side effects. There are different weaning methods for children over 1 years old. Child led weaning and parent lead weaning typically occur between the ages of 2 and 4 years.. For an infant it is a little more involved.

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Breastfeeding Complications: What the heck is a Bleb?

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A bleb, or also known as a milk blister, is a blocked duct that happens on the surface of your nipple. They are usually white or off white, firm and painful.

What does a bleb look like?

A little white spot on your nipple. You may feel discomfort even when not feeding, if clothes or anything rubs against it.

To treat this you can continue to nurse and usually your baby will suck hard enough to release the clog. Try to use warm compresses to help the bleb soften and the tissue around it relax. Then let your baby latch on. However in some cases the nippleski may grow over the bleb with will prevent your baby from removing the clog themselves. In this instance your care provider may need to lance the bleb for removal.

Risks of Blebs:

  • General discomfort
  • Decreased milk production due to the pain decreasing frequency of feedings

If you are continuously experiencing blebs it may be a good idea to reach out to a lactation counselor or lactation consultant who can help assess your latch.

Breastfeeding Complications: What the heck is Raynaud’s Phenomenon?

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Raynaud’s is a disease that causes specific parts of your body to feel pain/ discomfort in response to stress and/or cold temperatures. This happens typically in extremities, but can also occur in your nipples. What happens is the arteries in those areas are constricting so tightly that there is severe decreased blood flow, so there is a lack of oxygen getting to the tissue.

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Breastfeeding Complications: What the heck is Breast Engorgement?

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After a few days of producing colostrum your breasts will begin producing transitional and mature milk. Engorgement is when your breast are full, and very painful. During the first few days your body may be producing more milk than your baby can drink which can cause the engorgement. There are some remedies and tips to help you get through this uncomfortable time.

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