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To all mothers out there, have you all had any problem while trying to start breastfeeding your infant especially right after birth? Well , I did face some difficulties when I had my 1st born. Maybe I wasn't equip and prepare myself to begin with. I struggled on how to breastfeed the right way and dealing with engorgement because my baby didn't want to direct feed. I had to hand pump to express milk as I learned that it is not advisable to use electrical pump for the very 1st week. 

But anyways, me having to deal with engorgement. Oh my god !~ Its really excruciating !~ The pain we woman as mothers has to endured before pregnancy ,while pregnant , while giving birth and after birth πŸ˜” It's non-stop excruciating pain we have to feel and face ourselves but yet the joy of holding and cradling your adorable newborn somehow makes all that pain fades away and been forgotten, Am I right ladies ?! πŸ˜‚

What I used to do while I was having engorgement was I placed a warm cloth over my breast and slowly massage my breast to ease the pain and make certain that my milk flows out nicely and slowly reducing the pain. But the thing is when you use cloth, you'll get wet too in the process! 

I just thank god that my breast engorgement had subsided. I did not have to face with Mastitis. Do you know what is that and how to know whether you only have an engorgement breast or suffering from Mastitis? Here's are some information I gather for you to read and learn okay ?~!πŸ˜„



Engorgement  also called as clogged milk duct and mastitis are complications associated with breast feeding. Mastitis associated with breast feeding is also called lactational mastitis.

ENGORGEMENT 
Breast engorgement (clogged milk duct) happens when there is a build-up of milk and fluid in the breasts. The blood vessels in the breasts also become congested (too full).

When your breast(s) are engorged, they become:

⇨ Firm or hard lump in one area of your breast.
⇨ Pain or swelling near the lump.
⇨ Milk plug/blister (bleb) at the opening of your nipple.

❗❗Engorgement can result in your nipples not protruding as much as usual, and your baby may not be able to latch on properly.❗❗

Breast engorgement can happen if:

⚡You are making more milk than your baby needs.
⚡Breast feeding your baby does not adequately drain your breasts
⚡Your baby misses a feed or is feeding infrequently.

Engorgement tends to happen more often in the weeks just after your baby is born, when a breastfeeding routine is still being established especially if your baby refused to direct feeding. 

Engorgement can be treated with self-care measures and pain relievers if needed. A lactation consultant, midwife or your doctor can give advice on how to manage engorgement. Like me, the nurses at the hospital had educate and instruct me the correct way to breastfeed my child. THANKS A LOT πŸ’– 




How long before a blocked milk duct turns into mastitis?
Mastitis is most common in the first 2-3 weeks, but can occur at any stage of lactation. Mastitis may come on abruptly, and usually affects only one breast. Local symptoms are the same as for a plugged duct, but the pain/heat/swelling is usually more intense.

Mastitis is an inflammation of breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection. The inflammation results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness. You might also have fever and chills. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (lactation mastitis)
In the 6 months after giving birth, Mastitis affects about 20 per cent of breast feeding women. Mastitis is most common in the first 6 to 8 weeks after giving birth to your baby. It also sometimes happens when you decide to stop breast feeding (wean your baby)

Symptoms of Mastitis
Mastitis symptoms (which often come on suddenly) can include:

πŸ’’ A sore breast that feels warm and tender to touch;
πŸ’’ Breast swelling, firmness or engorgement;
πŸ’’ Sharp or shooting pain in the breast that is worse with breast feeding;
πŸ’’ Tender, red lump(s) in the breast (from a blocked milk duct)
πŸ’’ ‘Shiny’ or red skin on the breast (often in a wedge shape) or red streaks on the breast;
πŸ’’ Feeling generally unwell with ‘flu-like symptoms (aches and pains, headaches, sweating)
πŸ’’ Feeling tearful and tired
πŸ’’ Fever.

Causes of Mastitis
Mastitis can be caused by blocked milk ducts when the breasts are too full and the milk is not draining properly. A blocked milk duct can cause the development of a tender breast lump. Mastitis can also be due to a cracked nipple.

❗❗Bacteria may get into the breast tissue, causing infection in the blocked milk ducts❗❗


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Factors that can contribute to the development of mastitis include:

πŸ‘‰ The baby not latching on or positioning on the breast correctly.
πŸ‘‰ The baby having tongue-tie or another problem resulting in difficulties with breast feeding.
πŸ‘‰ Wearing a tight-fitting bra or tight clothing (which can increase the risk of blocked ducts).
πŸ‘‰ Breast engorgement.
πŸ‘‰ Stress and exhaustion. Not having enough time or just plain tired to pump excessive milk.
πŸ‘‰ Returning to work and you sometimes missed or did not pump out milk on time. 
πŸ‘‰ Having previously had mastitis case too. 

Treatment for Mastitis
Treatment for mastitis involves antibiotic treatment plus breast feeding advice to help effectively drain the breast, as well as self-care measures. Antibiotics may be prescribed to cure the infection. Untreated, severe mastitis can lead to a . Most antibiotics used to treat mastitis are safe to use while breast feeding your baby.

What helps with swollen breasts while breastfeeding?
How can I treat it?

πŸ’ŸUsing a warm compress, or taking a warm shower to encourage milk let down.
πŸ’ŸFeeding more regularly, or at least every one to three hours.
πŸ’ŸNursing for as long as the baby is hungry.
πŸ’ŸMassaging your breasts while nursing.
πŸ’ŸApplying a cold compress or ice pack to relieve pain and swelling.



Hence I want to share with you all a great item I have come across that helped me so much while I was on my 2nd breastfeeding journey. Introducing 

Shapee Breast Therapy Thermal Pads. 

Shapee  3-in-1 Breast Therapy Thermal Pads provide therapeutic relief for the most common breastfeeding challenges. Cold therapy to help relieve engorgement. Hot therapy to help relieve plugged ducts and mastitis. Also use hot with your breast pump to encourage milk let-down and reduce time spent pumping!

Product Features
  • Soft, flexible design conforms to the breast
  • Reusable
  • Compatible with any breast pump to save you time pumping
  • Latex and lead-free for safe use
  • Microwave safe, BPA and BPS free




It comes with 2 reusable Shapee 3in1 Breast Therapy Thermal Pads , 2 soft washable covers to gently warm the skin and breast. It has velcro to attached between the cover and thermal pads and also 'Click Design' that offer full coverage on breast conveniently.  

What I love about this Thermal pads is that it can be used hot or cold !! I use them cold whenever I need to soothe some pain or swelling from my breast or I used Hot therapy to stimulate milk flow. It is such a comfort to have assistance in a gizmo designated to assist breastfeeding moms. 

PRODUCT AND FEATURE DETAILS

ROUND SHAPE DESIGN 
Accommodate to any breast size for 360` full cover 

GEL BEADS ELEMENTS
help the packs to model the breast shape, aided by the segments. Maintain temperature in longer period. 

HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL 
FDA & BPS free, durable and capable of withstanding pressure. 

FLEXIBLE 
Soft and mold to fit the breast comfortably. 

REUSABLE AND WASHABLE
Clean the pad in warm water with dish-washing soap.

FREE 2X CLOTH CASE 
For ultimate comfort and skin protection.
High quality Soft cover with Velcro. 

CLIP DESIGN
Offer full breast coverage at convenient way.

EASY OF USE 
Can be used while pumping and before breastfeeding to encourage on let-down





The Round Shape design accommodate to any breast sizes for full 360` cover and the Gel Bead Element helps the pack to model to the breast shape , aided by segment and maintain temperature for a longer period time. 

For Hot Therapy, You can use it to heat up in the microwave or by soaking it in a hot water for 10-15 minutes. While you heat using microwave, make sure to always heat with the cover on okay !! 

While for Cold Therapy, you can keep it inside the freezer at least 1 hour before use. 

Read more on Shapee Breast Therapy Thermal Pads here πŸ‘‰ http://www.theshapee.com/SalePage/Index/216696





Breast feeding, like parenting, is not always uncomplicated, especially in the first few weeks after birth. It can be easy to forget at this time that, like all new skills, breast feeding can take a while to learn and become really good at. 

Many women who develop engorgement and mastitis are already feeling tired and run-down after the birth of their baby. Developing mastitis can trigger strong emotions, and depression and anxiety have also been associated with episodes of mastitis. Do seek any help from professional nurses, doctors or lactation advisors. 

Remember, you are not ALONE.πŸ’—πŸ’

Check out Shapee official sites 




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