Left Breast Swelling In Nursing Mothers?
Good evening, I’m nursing mother. Now I am experiencing swelling in the left breast, my baby does not want to breastfeed because the contents come out quite heavy, I have pumped it but soon it becomes swollen again, how can I make the breast not swollen / full of asinya? And it just so happens that the right side of breast milk in my breast is salty. My baby doesn’t want to drink it, how to make it not salty? Please answer. Thank you, good night.
Hello Elis, Thank you for the question.
Do you have other complaints besides pain, redness and warmth? If so, then you have an infection in the breast, also known as mastitis. Mastitis is a condition that generally occurs in nursing mothers. This condition is caused by a buildup of residual milk in the breast. This accumulation of milk will cause blockage of the milk ducts so that the breasts swell and become inflamed. In addition, bacteria from the baby's skin or mouth can cause further infection and inflammation.
If your breasts only swell (without complaints of pain, redness, and warmth), all you can do is pump your breasts more often. Make sure you pump your breasts empty. The production of breast milk is not easy for you to control because this condition is related to the action of hormones in the body. Thus, what you can do is pump breast milk more often until both breasts are empty. You can also do warm compresses to reduce breast swelling. If the complaint is accompanied by a sign of infection (mastitis), you should immediately consult a lactation consultant doctor for further examination and treatment.
Salty milk that may be mixed with sweat or can also be caused by the use of breast milk pumps that may be less clean. In addition, the taste of breast milk can vary according to the food and drinks you consume. You can try to limit consumption of salty foods. Make sure you use a clean breast pump. Another thing you should do is consult a lactation consultant doctor so that the doctor can ascertain the cause of the salty taste of ASI. In the meantime please keep emptying the right breast so that breast milk does not accumulate and cause further problems.
Please also read the following article:
The importance of breastfeeding
I hope this helps.