These feeding positions and using a warm compress can help ease breast pain

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There are many ways to breastfeed and many different feeding positions to help drain the ducts, but sometimes the traditional position – when the baby lies across you – can cause parts of the breast not to be fully drained, which can lead to blocked ducts. If you're suffering from pain and discomfort of mastitis, make sure that you try using a warm compress to help get things moving before you try the different positions for breastfeeding.

What You'll Need

  • A hot compress you can buy from a pahrmacy
  • Or simply dunk a flannel under running hot water and place it on the breast

What You'll Do

  • Soak a flannel in hot water then place it on the breast just before massaging your breast and feeding your baby. This can be a huge help when dealing with the pain of clogged ducts.
  • You can try a hold called 'The Rugby' where you have your baby’s body under the arm of the breast you are feeding from.
  • Another technique is to lie your baby down on the sofa and to hover above them to feed.
  • If your baby won't feed due to the sour taste of the milk you can try pumping. Pumping helps to make sure the breast is drained fully after a feed.
  • After having mastitis, you often find that your milk supply is lower than it was before, and it is important to keep feeding regularly, possibly more so than before due to lower supply. This way you will build up the milk again and be able to continue breastfeeding should you wish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that you don't burn yourself when handling hot water.
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