However, tongue tie doesn’t just affect breastfed babies. It can also affect bottle fed babies. This usually only starts to become a problem after about 6-8 weeks of age. Unfortunately, mothers of bottle fed babies with a tongue tie that is affecting their ability to suck effectively, often undergo months of distress due to the lack of knowledge in the healthcare community around this subject.
Post-partum breast cancer is different to cancer that develops in pregnancy. If there are any signs of breast cancer at this time, then urgent action and screening is advised…A lump that is not responding to feeding, or antibiotics needs further investigation.
The main reason why top-ups are given is because parents are not aware of ‘normal infant breastfeeding behaviour’.
It is often recommended as a treatment for blocked milk ducts. It is advised to dissolve the salts in hot water, then cool the mixture to warm, and using a medicine cup or silicone breast pump, leave the mixture in contact with the nipple. The aim is to draw out the toxins and free the nipple pore.
In fact, there are many cultures around the world where spicy foods are a ‘normal’ part of their diet, and there is no evidence that these babies are any fussier or gassier than babies of mothers who don’t eat spicy foods
Blocked ducts present as hard tender lumps, often described as pea-sized initially. They appear most often on the upper outer quadrant of either breast. Sometimes a tiny white dot can be seen on the nipple. This is called a milk bleb and when it is freed, it can look like a white string being pulled out of the nipple.