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Common breastfeeding issues

Sometimes women can experience the following medical conditions as a result of breastfeeding:

  • Engorgement which is caused when blood, milk and other fluids build up in the breast.
  • Blocked milk ducts which cause tender or painful lumps as a result of milk build up in the breast.
  • Mastitis which occurs when a blockage in a milk duct causes milk to enter the surrounding breast tissue, causing inflammation.

Where to get help

Breastfeeding Centre of WA

Ngala Helpline

  • Phone: (08) 9368 9368 – 8.00am to 8.00pm 7 days a week
  • Outside metro area – Free call 1800 111 546 (free from land line only)
  • Visit the Ngala website (external site)

Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)

You can also:

  • See your doctor
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222

Breastfeeding Centre of WA

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