Lactating Breasts Pain and Engorgement

Women with lactating breasts have several issues that they should pay attention to in order to maintain their health and that of their baby. The breast is the conduit for all of the nutrition for the children for the first months of the childs life. Therefore breast health is very important during this period of time and women should really pay attention to how their breasts feel and if there are any issues. It is very common for large lactating breasts to have some discomfort as well as engorgement at some point while the mother is feeding the infant. A woman should not be overly concerned when there is pain, but should pay attention to it and do something about the issues. There are several different things to consider for women with big lactating breasts.

Breast engorgement can be a problem for many women. As the breast fills up with milk, it can become tender and feel very full. This is normally relieved by having the child suckle on the breasts. This cycle of feeding and filling is the fundamental way that babies and mother bond and the baby receives it nutrition. There becomes an issue though when the mother tries to wean the child from the breast. When this happens, the breasts become very engorged with milk and can start to hurt. The little sacs within the breast tissue become full of milk and stretch beyond their usual size. This tends to be uncomfortable for many women and results in them trying to seek help for the condition. Women should know that this is very typical and will go away in time. The feeling is completely natural and the breasts will not burst or otherwise have trauma occur to them as a result of natural milk production. Women should rest assured that these types of symptoms will resolve on their own as they have for billions of women before them.

There are other considitions that women should consider while they are still lactating breast milk. If they are continuing to feed the infant and the engorgement is being reduced, yet there still is pain, there might be one of several conditions occuring that cause the discomfort. The breast tissue is very sensitive during the lactation process and can be susceptible to a number of different conditions. They include skin allergic reactions, bacterial infections, and trauma.

The skin around the nipple can become very sensitive while the child is breast feeding. The moisture and the constant sucking motion can cause some erosions and damage to the skin around the nipple. This sets the skin up to have an infection or other process. This is how mastitis, or a breast infection, usually starts. The same reasons cause the nipple to become traumatized and end up being very sensitive and possible painful and itchy. Lastly, the skin can have something called contact dermatitis and become irritated and inflamed. This usually resolves with the use of a cream or other barrier type ointment that helps the skin to heal. All of these problems can provide lactating breasts pain that is difficult to manage.