Your postpartum visit should be scheduled early so it occurs 2 to 6 weeks after delivery. At this visit the progress of your postpartum recovery will be checked. Options regarding contraception will also be discussed.
Breast-feeding is recommended and encouraged. Lactation consultations are available. Breast pumps may be useful, especially for the working mother or premature infant. Hand pumps may be purchased at the hospital and electric pumps may be rented at a pharmacy or medical supply store. If breast-feeding is not chosen, or discontinued, we recommend using an iron-fortified formula.
Sore nipples may be relieved by ice packs and regular feeding from both breasts. Avoid prolonged feeding sessions and ensure a good latch. Keep your nipples as dry as possible between feedings. Be sure to wear a good support bra and allow the nipples to air dry after feeding: Apply ointment (such as Bag Balm, synthetic lanolin, cool tea bags, Vaseline and A&D) to any cracks.
Blocked ducts are usually felt as a hard, firm mass without a fever. Gentle massage, hot packs and frequent feeding from both breasts are the best relief.