If you want to breastfeed your newborn baby, you will hardly miss it: stowing. In itself, stowing means something good: your milk production starts up. But unfortunately it feels less 'good'. Put simply, driving pain hurts, but luckily you can reduce this pain. Read in this blog everything about stowage, what it entails, how you can reduce it and what you can do if you stop breastfeeding.
Stowage meaning: what is trim exactly?
Stowage occurs after the birth. It is caused by the vessels in your breasts dilating, tissue fluid appears and your milk production starts. The result is painful, tense, heavy and warm breasts. The skin of your breasts is also tight and is translucent.
In some women, the breasts are also red and have hard pieces. When you suffer from stowage, it is quite possible that you also have some increase and you feel sick. It differs per woman how much they are bothered by it. Some women only have some tense breasts, others have full and painful breasts that set up so that the nursing bra does not even fit. Stowage occurs after 3 to 5 days or sometimes 10 days after delivery.
How can you reduce the stowage?
In most cases, the breastfeeding is reduced as soon as you put your baby more often and well. In this way the milk production is well under way and your breasts are 'drained', which reduces the pressure. Especially in the first 48 hours it is important that you let your baby drink as much as possible. Do not therefore supply power supplies.
Can your baby not properly take your nipple into the mouth because, for example, it is flattened by the pressure? Then fry a little milk. You can also do this when your baby sleeps through the night and therefore drinks less. Make sure you do not pump too much or you will continue to stimulate milk production and this should be less.
Tips to reduce the pain when stowing
Stimulation hurts, but there are ways to give your painful breasts some relief.
- Massage your breasts to induce the acceleration reflex or to relieve the pain (for example, under the shower)
- Use warm compresses before feeding so that the milk will flow more easily
- The pain can be relieved with cold compresses after food such as frozen white cabbage leaves.
- In between, pumping bits off to get rid of the worst tension. Rather by hand, but with a breast pump can also. Make sure that the vacuum is as low as possible.
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Stimulation or chest inflammation?
Stimulation and chest inflammation seem a bit alike. In both cases the breasts are tense and painful and in both cases you can feel a little sick. But in case of a chest infection you can really have a fever, you have hard pieces in your chest and they are very red. Read more about breast inflammation here.
Can you prevent obstruction after delivery?
Stowage is caused by the production of milk. Usually you already suffer from stowing in your maternity week. To prevent it, you can try a number of things:
- Give breastfeed as often as possible in the first 48 hours, about 8 to 12 times a day.
- Make sure you put your baby well. Always ask your midwife to clearly explain and do this. Read more about this during breastfeeding.
- It is important that your baby thoroughly sinks your breast. So take the time to breastfeed and stop until your baby no longer drinks. (stops swallowing, head twisting away)
- Exchange your breasts with each diet.
- Massage your breasts for nutrition to stimulate the acceleration reflex. Making your breasts warm also helps.
- Massage your breasts while feeding by making circling movements or stroking movements with your fingertips towards the nipple.
- Does your baby not drink enough and your breasts still feel full after feeding? Then pump off the milk so that its tension is off.
Stowing when dismantling
Do not want to breastfeed or reduce it? In the case of painful stowage during phasing out, it is important that you prevent or at least not stimulate milk production. Your doctor can then prescribe medication (anti-thumping pills). The disadvantage is that these drugs have unpleasant side effects such as nausea. Sometimes sage (an herb) can help. You can then take this in the form of tea.
It is also good to cool your chest regularly by for example bruised and frozen white cabbage leaves or other cold compresses on your breasts to wear.
Does the swelling not go away, or does it worsen? Then massage your breasts in the shower. Let your breasts drain so that the greatest tension is off, but do not empty them completely. If your breasts stay full, the milk production will automatically decrease, but that will always be accompanied by some discomfort.
Stimulation in bottle feeding or postpartum
Stowage occurs mainly in the first days after delivery. But it can also occur again later. For example when you switch to bottle feeding. But even when your child goes to sleep or skip supplies, the momentum can occur. Some women also suffer from this after the regular days.
It all has to do with the fact that your baby has less need for food and your milk production still needs to adjust. This will happen after a few days. A little pumping is not bad, but emptying is not a good idea because your body can not adjust.