Symptoms and causes of lactostasis
The most important of these are unpleasant sensations in the chest. Moreover, touching certain zones of the mammary glands becomes painful and simply impossible. If you carefully palpate your chest, you can feel the seals in the form of nodules, lumps. Another sign of lactostasis is full hardening of the mammary glands. Stagnation of milk during palpation is felt in the form of a lobule or several lobules.
What is the cause of milk stagnation? The problem arises when its outflow is interrupted or disturbed. The most common causes of the problem are:
- Blockage of the milk ducts, which is caused by nipple cracks.
- Long breaks in feeding the baby.
- Incomplete emptying of the chest when decanting.
- Stagnation of milk after a night's sleep due to uncomfortable sleeping posture.
- Reducing the sucking of milk by the baby when introducing complementary foods.
We dispense milk
What should we do for a nursing mother who has found signs of lactostasis? Regardless of the cause of the problem,to revive the baby to the problem breast, so that the stagnation zone was under his lower jaw. If the compaction site is localized in the upper part of the mammary gland, then the child should sit with legs to the mother's face. This is more convenient to do, putting the child on the bed and bending over to him so that the breast is in the right position. Pose uncomfortable, but necessary to strain.
It also happens that none of the above events simply does not work, does not help the nursing mother. In this case, you need to contact a women's consultation or a home to call a breastfeeding specialist. The professional knows how to help in this case. Also it is not necessary to delay with the reference for the help because the problem in itself will not be solved. Milk in the chest continues to flow, it stagnates there, and the compaction zone only increases.
About the consequences of milk stagnation
One of the most dangerous and unpleasant is the occurrence of breast mastitis - an inflammatory disease. If it is started, it is treated only surgically. This means that the surgeon makes incisions on the mammary gland to extract milk, which has turned into pus. It is not difficult to guess that after such a procedure, the feeding of the baby ends.
The main sign of beginning mastitis is an increase in body temperature in a nursing mother up to 40 degrees in combination with chest pain. In this case, it is no longer worth trying to decipher yourself. It is necessary urgently to address to the doctor. The specialist, most likely, will appoint measures that will help to separate the dairy ducts mechanically. For this, ultrasound and physiotherapy procedures are used. When the compaction disappears, the temperature of the body decreases, the inflammatory process does not pass to other areas of the breast.
Every woman can avoid lactostasis, if it is right and regular to express milk, do not overcool. Nursing mother should be vigilant. At the first signs of stagnation, it is necessary to perform a procedure in the shower, then more thoroughly empty the mammary glands, monitor your posture during the night rest. And do not be afraid to feed the baby with lactostasis. There is no better food for the child than mother's milk.