Blocked milk ducts
Milk reaches your nipple through different segments. These can become blocked if the baby does not drain them while breastfeeding. This can lead to a small lump in your breast causing breast pain during breastfeeding.
The best way to get rid of a blocked milk duct is feeding your child frequently from the breast that has the lump. You can also massage the lump towards the nipple while nursing your baby. Warm compresses also help to drain the clogged milk ducts.
Cracked, sore, or even fragile nipples are a part and parcel of breastfeeding. It usually happens when the baby isn’t positioned properly while breastfeeding or is not latching well to the breast.
If the pain from cracked nipples persists, get it checked. Another solution can be to reset the baby’s position and make sure he or she is latching properly. You can also lubricate the nipples with breast milk. This will help reduce breast pain during breastfeeding.
If mastitis isn’t treated well or in time, then it can lead to a breast abscess, another reason for breast pain during breastfeeding. It can also occur if mastitis does not respond to frequent feedings or antibiotics. However, most breast abscess is the result of a bacterial infection. Pus gets collected in the breast tissue forming a lump.
A breast abscess can either come out on its own, with pus oozing out, or it will have to be removed surgically.
An improper latch is when the baby cannot get hold of your nipple and areola during breastfeeding. This can result in the above-mentioned conditions like blocked milk ducts, milk oversupply, mastitis, or engorgement.
If you feel that your breasts feel heavy even after breastfeeding, consult your doctor about this. Sometimes the baby is unable to latch and you aren’t able to position it well either. Taking help from the doctor can help you rectify this issue from the beginning.