Myrtle Hodge RN Lactation Consultant DrMDK.com
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Host: In the beginning the nipples for a breast seems like it's full engorged. Should she stop lactating or continue? Myrtle Hodge: There are some women who's pain tolerance is very low, and they may complaint of sour nipples or tenderness in the nipples, and that's normal. In the beginning some people do experience that, that's not a reason to stop breast feeding. With good encouragement, and that's where you need good support. You need support from family, friends, relatives, lactation consultant, pediatricians and the books, people to encourage you to continue with breast feeding and, if there are problems, then you need to see someone who is versed in the management of breast feeding, and they can help you through those rough days. Host: But usually the nipples sour, and the engorgement, actually gets better. Myrtle Hodge: Engorgement is the natural process, which will get better, and it's recommended if you are engorged, when you do become engorged you keep nursing, there are things like cool compresses, cabbage leaves, all these type of things that may help to reduce the edema that's in the breast, and then as you keep nursing, everything subsides. It's a natural way that the breast functions after giving birth.