Breast feeding can be challenging, but we are here to support you! If you develop redness, heat or significant pain in one or both breasts, or fever/chills/aches, call the clinic as this may be mastitis. It is safe to continue to breast feeding through mastitis; it is important to empty the breasts.
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Answers to frequently asked questions
Take Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) 600mg every 6 hours. Limit Tylenol to 4,000mg per day (Percocet and Norco contain 325mg of Tylenol per tab). You may need narcotics for pain control (Percocet/Oxycodone or Norco/Hydrocodone) but try to avoid if possibly as they may cause drowsiness, constipation. You can alternate medications (Ibuprofen followed by Tylenol or Narcotic every 3 hours). All these medications are safe while breastfeeding. You may also try ice on the perineum or a belly band for compression against the C-section incision. Gas pain can also be significant, try simethicone (Gas-X) for relief.
Perineal Laceration Care
The vagina is an amazing organ! It heals very quickly and without much intervention. If you received stitches, they will dissolve on their own. Use a spray bottle while urinating to prevent burning and to clean after bowel movements. "Sits baths" or sitting in a few inches of warm water (no soap) is soothing. Avoid constipation (see below). Ice is your friend!
Postpartum Blues and Depression
The postpartum period is challenging; with decreased sleep, physical and hormonal changes, as well as the overwhelming nature of change, many women experience mood changes. Click here for more information from Kim Evans, PsyD on Postpartum blues, depression and resources for moms and families in Denver including signs, symptoms, how long postpartum blues and depression lasts, and when to seek help.
Constipation and Hemorrhoids
Hormones, stress and medication can worsen constipation in the postpartum period. You may have developed hemorrhoids during the pregnancy, and these may have worsened after pushing. To combat constipation, start with drinking plenty of water and try prune juice. Other options incude:
-Colace (docusate sodium) twice a day to soften stools
-Metamucil (psillium powder) one scoop in 8 oz of water, up to 3 times per day
-Milk of Magnesia 2-4 tablespoons once a day
-Magnesium oxide pills 500-1,000mg once to twice daily
-Miralax one 17g packet dissolved in 4-8 oz of water)
For hemorrhoids, doing sitz baths as described in the perineal care section and ice are helpful. Use Witch hazel wipes such as Tucks. Preparation H Rapid Relief contains lidocaine which can give more immediate relief. Hydrocortisone cream (Anusol or 1% hydrocortisone) will help the itching and irritation. Often, you will need prescription strength remedies, call your doctor if your symptoms are severe or not improving with over the counter remedies.