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Final part of our Breastfeeding review considers difficulties new mothers encounter

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Part 2


The main difficulties new mothers have with breastfeeding (Continued)


  • Mastitis: Mastitis is a breast infection that is characterised by inflammation of the breast, often caused by a blocked milk duct. It is not uncommon for breastfeeding mothers, particularly during the first few weeks postpartum. Mastitis symptoms include pain, swelling, and tenderness. The condition can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated can lead to abscesses or chronic inflammation.


  • Breastfeeding with inverted or flat nipples: For mothers with inverted or flat nipples, breastfeeding can be an additional challenge. Inverted or flat nipples make it difficult for the baby to latch properly, causing pain and discomfort during feeding.


  • Milk allergies and sensitivities: New-borns can be particularly sensitive to certain foods and drugs that a nursing mother may consume, leading to allergies or sensitivities. This may affect both milk production and the baby’s ability to digest milk and may require the mother to avoid certain foods while breastfeeding. This is an area of expertise a pharmacist can advise on.


With proper support and knowledge from healthcare professionals, such as lactation consultants, new mothers can overcome difficulties and enjoy the many benefits of breastfeeding, including stronger bonds with their babies, stronger immune systems, and better health for both mother and baby.


For comprehensive and free health advice and information call in to Whelehans Pharmacies, log on to or dial 04493 34591 (Pearse St) or 04493 10266 (Clonmore).

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