Breastfeeding Facts: Lactating Mothers Should Regularly Relive Themselves From Unpumped Breastmilk Which Can Cause Sepsis

Lactating mothers are now tangled in a burden with the need to "relieve" their breastmilk when it gets too full. Mothers who suffer from breastmilk engorgement are more likely to suffer from infections which can eventually send them straight to the hospital.

NPR reported that most lactating mothers are unaware that un-pumped breastmilk can cause serious complication. It was mentioned that lactating mothers are prone to mastitis, high fever and chills. Not only does it cause infection, but it also causes severe pain and a burning sensation.

"The pain is hard to describe. My breasts were sensitive to touch, like sunburn is, and a fairly permanent kind of burning ache set up on my chest, waxing and waning as they filled and emptied," Madeleine Ware of Wellington, New Zealand told NPR. "I wouldn't want my pilot distracted by a burning feeling in her breasts, or hesitant to lean over to perform certain actions because of the risk of pain."

In a study published in NCBI, that 1 in every lactating mother who are breastfeeding experience mastitis during their first month. The studies which took place in Australia revealed that 27 percent of mothers who are breastfeeding suffer from mastitis.

In addition to pain and the burning sensation, lactating mothers are more prone to sepsis, which is a form of blood poisoning which can be fatal. In severe cases, lactating mothers who were not able to pump their breastmilk may need to go through operation if the condition worsens.

Lactating mothers should be given the privilege to have a break to pump out excess or stored breastmilk. It is important to pump out or let the baby latch on the breast to relieve the stored milk. For working mothers, it is ideal to bring a breast pump and empty feeding bottles for the pumped milk to be stored and preserved.

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