Breast feeding is a very natural process, and there is little to be learnt. The baby does most of the job on its own, and most often, the mother only initiates by bringing the baby to the breast.
It is important to know, however, that you must be careful when breast feeding, as, there could be troubles experienced if the mother does not feed correctly, or if the baby does not latch properly.
The most difficult and common problem that occurs while feeding is the engorgement of the breast. This is quite simply a condition which occurs when the breasts get full, and start to get hard and heavy. This happens since the milk collects in the breasts, and causes the hardness.
Engorgement of the breasts can occur due to several reasons. The most common reason is when lactation in the mother is more than the amount of milk the baby is actually consuming. Some mothers tend to produce more milk than is required.
This excess milk, if retained in the body for too long, starts to harden and cause the breasts to become heavy.
Engorgement can also occur when the mother does not feed the baby equally from both breasts. If the baby feeds more from one breast, milk collects in the other, and starts to get engorged. Engorgement is also common among mothers at work who cannot feed their babies regularly. Milk starts to collect, and the breasts get engorged.
While feeding your baby, make sure that you feed on both sides equally. This is important to ensure the baby gets enough milk, and also to drain the milk from your breasts as well.
If you find your breasts getting heavy, make sure you express milk to remove any excess in the body. If you are a working mother, express your milk at regular intervals to prevent the breasts from getting engorged.
Engorgement of the breasts may seem rather trivial, and you may believe that with feeding, the condition will be eased. It can, however, be quite difficult. Engorged breasts can be very painful, and can continue to hurt even as the baby feeds after it.
If breasts get engorged continually, there is the danger of lumps forming in the breasts, which can turn rather serious. You could have to stop feeding the baby altogether.