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30 Actually Fun Baby Shower Games that Don't Suck

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Alright, so you figured out the baby shower theme. Now it’s time to figure out the games!

I loved the games we played at my baby shower!

Not only were they fun but they had everyone laughing!

So to help you Mommas (or friends of the Momma) figure out what kind of baby shower games there even is, I rounded up some baby shower games and activities that you and your guests will love!

You can even find baby shower activities that aren’t games!

Below you will find a list of baby shower games that DON’T suck (and are actually fun)!

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Baby Shower Games That Aren’t Lame


Baby Bag

Items You’ll Need:

  • Diaper Bag
  • Baby Items (bottle, diaper, rattle, binky, etc.)
  • Paper
  • Pen

Get a diaper bag and fill it with some baby items. Give every guest one minute to feel inside the diaper bag (without looking of course). Then have them write down what they think is in there.

Whoever gets the most right wins!

2. Tie Your Shoes

Items You’ll Need:

  • Balloons

This game was pretty fun to watch!

Set up some chairs so that they’re all in a line. Have the players put a blown-up balloon under their shirt and sit in one of the chairs. Then have them race to see who can tie their shoes the fastest!

The first one to finish wins!

Just be sure no one cheats and puts their foot on their knee!

3. Baby Shower Bingo

Items You’ll Need:

  • Baby Shower Bingo Set

Sorry but I love games like this! This classic game now has a baby twist to it.

So instead of marking down numbers, you’ll be marking down baby items and other things that Mommas need. Plus this is an easy game that anyone can play!

4. Ice Ice Baby

Items You’ll Need:

  • My Water Broke Game Set

Something that I like about this game is that it can go on simultaneously while you play other games and such. But for this game, you’ll have to get it ready the night BEFORE!

Get an ice cube tray and fill it with water. Place a tiny baby for every cube and let it freeze.

Once everyone has arrived at the baby shower let everyone have an ice cube and have them put it in their drinks (be sure they do it at the same time).

Then whoever’s ice cube melts first has to say, “My water broke!”.

5. Blindfolded Diaper Change

Items You’ll Need:

  • Baby Dolls
  • Diapers
  • Blindfolds
  • Baby Wipes
  • (Optional) Nutella

I don’t know about you but this one sounds like it could be super funny!

Have a couple of baby dolls lined up on a table. Get them set up and put a diaper on every baby doll. You could even go as far as to put Nutella in the diaper!

Have the players get blindfolded and begin! Whoever has the baby doll all cleaned up and with a new diaper on wins!

You could even make this a Mom vs. Dad baby shower game and see who’s the fastest!

6. Blindfolded Spoon-Feeding

Items You’ll Need:

  • Baby Food
  • Spoons
  • Blindfolds
  • (Optional) Bibs- just cause it’d be funny!

This will definitely be a dirty one!

Have all the players get into pairs and have one of them blindfolded. The one who is blindfolded will get the spoon and baby food.

Now they must spoon-feed ALL the baby to the other player.

Whatever team finishes first wins!

7. Play-Doh Baby

Items You’ll Need:

  • Play-Doh

This is something that’s fun and creative!

For this play-doh baby shower game, the instructions are pretty simple. Everyone gets a little container of Play-Doh and tries to make the cutest baby. Then when the timer is up and everyone’s done, the mom-to-be can pick a winner or you can have everyone vote.

I had this game at my baby shower and actually really liked it! I loved getting to see everyone’s version of their little play-doh baby.

This is a good one for a baby shower game for kids as well!

8. Guess The Baby Food

Items You’ll Need:

  • Baby Food
  • Spoons
  • Blindfolds
  • (Optional) Bibs- just for the laughs!

Have everyone in pairs and get one player a blindfold. The other player will feed them 5 (or whatever amount you’d like to do) different kinds of baby foods. Then see if they can guess the right flavor!

9. Chug The Baby Bottle

Items You’ll Need:

  • Bottles
  • Nipples
  • Drink (water, juice, pop, etc. )

I’m sure this one will get some laughs!

Everyone gets a baby bottle filled with your drink of choice. And whoever finishes first wins! This can be a team game or even 1-on-1.

If you’d rather not elongate the game you can set a timer and whoever has the less amount in the bottle when the timer beeps wins.

10. Pregnant Twister

Items You’ll Need:

  • Balloons
  • Twister

This sounds like it could be one of the funniest baby shower games ever!

I remember playing this game all the time when I was little. So doing it with balloons could be a pretty interesting and unique baby shower game!

To play, everyone who’s playing has to have a balloon up their shirt. During the game, if your balloon pops you’re out!

11. Name the Baby Poop

Items You’ll Need:

  • Diapers
  • Candy Bars
  • Paper
  • Pen

This may be a sort of inappropriate baby shower game but it’s still funny!

Get all different kinds of candy bars and melt them in the diaper. Number each diaper and lay them out. Everyone can go up and write down what they think each diaper has inside. Whether that’s just looking or smelling it. Whoever gets them all (or has the most right) wins!

Just be sure to have what they actually are written down somewhere!

12. Pacifier Hunt

Items You’ll Need:

  • Pacifiers

Before the baby shower starts, hide pacifiers around the vicinity. Have a sign that says, “Pacifier Hunt” and explains the rules. Or announce it to everyone once they’ve arrived. Have people search for them throughout the duration of the baby shower.

Whoever has the most at the end of the baby shower wins!

13. Baby Shower Word Scramble

Items You’ll Need:

  • Baby Shower Word Scramble Sheet
  • Pen

I love word games! And this doesn’t even have to be a game where you have to announce a winner (unless you want to). But maybe you could just have them play in their free time or if they don’t want to participate in a particular game.

But you can go ahead and place a sheet of a baby shower word scramble sitting out in front of every guests’ chair.

14. Guess the Size of Moms Waist

Items You’ll Need:

  • Yarn
  • Scissors

For this classic game, everyone will pass a ball of yarn around. Players will then cut where they think might be the size of Mom’s waist. Once everyone has a piece of string they can measure it around Mom’s waist.

Whoever’s closest wins!

15. Nipple Bobbin

Items You’ll Need:

  • Nipples
  • Large Plastic Tub

Remember going to parties and bobbing for apples? Well, since this is obviously a party for well, a BABY you gotta put a baby spin on it, right?

Set up this silly game by filling up a large tub with water and put about 15 (or whatever number you’d like to do) nipples in it. Then have the players have their hands behind their back and let laughs begin!

16. Guess How Many Are in The Baby Bottle

Items You’ll Need:

  • A Big Bottle
  • A Small Item (clothespins, candy, etc.)
  • Guessing Card
  • Pen
  • Something to hold the answers

Get a bottle and fill it with your item of choice. Then have your guests try guessing how many are inside the baby bottle.

Leave a pen and paper out for your guests to write their name and guess on it and another container to hold their answers. Then at the end of the shower announce who got closest!

Remember to have the actual number of what’s inside written somewhere!

17. Shhh…Don’t Say Baby!

Items You’ll Need:

  • Blue Clothespins
  • or Pink Clothespins

This modern baby shower game is pretty simple. At the beginning of the shower, everyone gets 1-5 clothespins to wear. When you hear someone say “Baby” you can take one of their clothespins. Whoever has the most by the end of the shower (or whatever timeframe you choose) wins.

You could even mix it up and add more words like; Bib, Bottle, Rattle, Mom, etc.

18. Name That Baby Tune

Items You’ll Need:

  • Speaker
  • A Playlist of Baby Songs

Beforehand make a playlist of songs that have the word ‘baby’ in it. Then as you play each song have everyone guess what they think the song is. Whoever guesses the name of the song first gets a point.

When the game is over whoever has the most points wins!

19. Guess the Nursery Rhyme: Emoji Edition

Items You’ll Need:

  • Nursery Rhyme Game Sheet
  • Pen

Everyone uses Emojis now! So I think this is a pretty fun twist!

Give everyone a Nursery Rhyme Game Sheet and a pen. Now from the emojis that are laid out on the line you have to figure out what nursery rhyme the emojis are trying to represent.

Whoever gets the most right wins!

Another way you could do it is to make it yourself. Get a piece of paper and write down lines from nursery rhymes on it but leave a part of it out. Then have the players write down what they think is the next line in the song.

20. Adult Diaper Challenge

Items You’ll Need:

  • Toilet Paper

Have everyone get into teams. Give each team a roll of toilet paper. Then give them 3-5 minutes to wrap one team member up in toilet paper creating an “adult” sized diaper.

Whatever team has the best or most creative toilet paper diaper wins!

21. He Said She Said Baby Shower Game

Items You’ll Need:

  • He Said She Said Baby Shower Game Sheet
  • Pen

Give all your guests all a He Said She Said game sheet. Then have your guests choose who they think said what.

You could even make your own and put your own questions!

22. Baby Shower Relay Race: Diaper Edition

Items You’ll Need:

  • Baby Doll
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Clothes
  • Swaddle Blanket
  • (Optional) Blindfolds

This is a great baby shower game for large groups!

Put your guests into teams. Each team gets a baby doll that has a diaper, clothes, and is swaddle up. Each team member takes a turn doing 1 of the tasks which include unswaddling, undressing, changing the diaper, dressing, and swaddling back up.

Have each team member do one tasks and then pass the baby on to the next player.

Whichever team has gone through everyone’s turn first wins!

Want to make it an even bigger challenge? Give everyone blindfolds!


Stroller Racing

Items You’ll Need:

  • Umbrella Strollers
  • Baby Dolls
  • A Course with Obstacles

Get your racers ready!

For this, you’ll have to set up an obstacle course and have plenty of room for running!

Have 2 players with each 1 umbrella stroller and a baby doll strapped in.

Points are deducted when a player runs off the course, crashes the stroller, spills baby or any other mishap.

Whoever completes the course first with the baby still inside wins!

This is actually a very popular co-ed baby shower game.

24. Baby Price is Right

Items You’ll Need:

  • (Optional) Baby Items (rubber duck, teething toy, pacifier, etc.)
  • Baby Shower Price is Right Sheet
  • Pen

Lay baby items or pictures of baby items out on a table. Have your guests write down how much they think each item is.

Whoever guesses the closest wins!

What can you do instead of baby shower games?

If you’d rather not play games, you could always try doing activities!

It could be stuff like crafting, decorating, or having them write a note for you/the future baby.

Below you can check out some baby shower game alternatives.

Baby Shower Activities

25. Onesie Design Station

Items You’ll Need:

  • Plain Onesies
  • Fabric Markers
  • Fabric Paint
  • (Optional) Plain Bibs

Looking for a more relaxing baby shower idea that’s still fun?

What about onesie decorating? I mean all babies need onesies! And trust me, you’ll be using ALOT of them.

So why not have some fun and unique handmade onesies?! Get some cheap plain onesies and some washer-safe markers and design away!

Wanna do something a little different? Instead of designing onesies you could have your guests at your baby shower do bib decorating!


Letters to Mom and Dad

Items You’ll Need:

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Box

Through all the laughs and fun, it’s nice to have something sweet and personal.

For this meaningful baby shower activity, all guests write a sweet message or advice they have for the Mom and Dad-to-be.

Have everyone place their notes in a box for Mom and Dad to keep.

27. Baby Birthday Pool

Items You’ll Need:

  • Baby’s Birth Month (get it from a calendar)
  • Or Baby Prediction Sheet
  • Pen

Get a baby’s birth month from a calendar and tell your guests your expected due date.

Have them write down their guesses for the birth date and time!

You could even have them guess the weight, height, eye color, and who they think the baby will look most like. You can get a Baby Prediction Sheet for that!


Make a Baby Quilt

Items You’ll Need:

  • Fabric Markers
  • Fabric Paint
  • Pre-cut Square Pieces of Fabric

I love love love this idea! This one is definitely for crafty Moms who know how to sew (or at least KNOWS someone who can)!

For this unique baby shower activity, give everyone a square piece of fabric. Then let your guests design a square for the baby.

Later you can take them home and make a cute keepsake for the new baby!

29. Make a Wish for Baby Game

Items You’ll Need:

  • Wishes for Baby Sheet
  • Pen

Even though this isn’t necessarily a “game”. It’s still a fun and sweet baby shower activity idea.

Give all the guests a sheet of paper and a pen. Then have them write down what they wish for the new baby.

30. Block Decorating

Items You’ll Need:

  • Blocks
  • Decorating Items

My little one loves blocks!

You could get some blank baby blocks and have your guests decorate them at the baby shower! And if you have other little ones there this one would be a great baby shower kids craft too!

How many games should be played at a baby shower?

Typically, there are 3-5 different kinds of games.

But really it’s YOUR baby shower so if you feel like you and your guests would enjoy doing more than that, go for it!

How long do baby shower games last?

A good time range is about 30-45 minutes.

This will allow people time to play, but also leave time for other things (meeting/greeting, eating, opening gifts) as baby showers typically only lasts 2-3 hours.

How many prizes should you have at a baby shower?

Depending on your budget, you can have 2 prizes per game. One for the winner and one for the runner-up.

But of course, you can do more prizes per game or even give none!

Does the mom-to-be play the baby shower games?

Of course!

There is no problem whatsoever with Mom or Dad playing games as well.

But…if mom really would rather not, then that’s fine too.

It is YOUR baby shower after all!

Other Baby Shower Posts You Might Like:

Girl Baby Shower Ideas

Boy Baby Shower Ideas

Practical Baby Shower Gifts for Mom and Baby

What games did you play at your baby shower? Were they lame? What was your favorite? Tell me below in the comments! And if you liked this post give it a share! Thanks!

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Fun Blindfold Baby Shower Games

The great thing about baby shower games that involve food is that where the food goes, men will follow. Men do not get excited about free printable Bingo games, but blindfold games combined with ice cream might tweak their interest enough to attend the party or baby shower and join in the fun.

The blindfold feeding game is a game of skill, but please be careful or it might turn into a kissing game completely by accident. The possibility of an accidental kiss makes this fun and silly party game suitable for adult parties and is rapidly becoming one of many hostess’ favorites.

Blindfold Feeding Game – Where to Play
In order for the game to reach its full outrageously fun potential it might be best to play outdoors where there would be no danger to the upholstery or carpets. However, if your baby shower is inside and you are in need of fun indoor party games, with proper planning you can prepare a special food proof area set aside for the baby shower games that might be a bit messy. The kitchen might be the best place to play unless your baby shower theme calls for decorations that have everything covered in washable plastic.

You will need two (easy clean) chairs, one spoon and a pint of your party guest’s favorite ice cream towels or paper towels for periodic cleanups.


Step 1.
Pick two of your baby shower’s guests that are good sports (if it’s a co-ed baby shower, men traditionally get the most laughs) or ask for two volunteers.

Step 2.
Have your participants each take a seat and get in a comfortable position in the chairs across from each other just far enough apart so that their knees do not touch.

Step 3.
Blindfold one of your volunteers and have the other hold his hinds behind the back of his chair.

Step 4.
Place the ice cream and the spoon in the hands of the blindfolded player.

Step 5.
Tell your blindfolded player to then scoop out a spoonful of ice cream and feed it to his partner. You can require the players to achieve this while holding the spoon of ice cream in his teeth if you want to make the task more difficult.

Step 6.
Let the baby shower games begin!

The object of most funny baby shower games is to entertain the guests and lighten the mood. Sometimes that means somebody has to get messy! Mommy’s tummy might prevent her from taking part in this physical game, but laughing probably won’t be breaking the rules.

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Lactation - to be, it cannot be!

As a mammologist, I can say that almost every woman who has given birth to a child can feed him. I didn’t come up with this, but mother nature, so it’s not worth arguing here. Breast milk is not only a valuable energy liquid containing many components useful for the baby, but also a thread that connects mother and child. And it's a pity when it breaks too soon. The current century is already too fast, industrial and provokes loneliness, so staying longer with your child, without running away to work and throwing him off to grandmothers, nannies, is not your sacred duty, this is your salvation. How nice that this is your baby and you feed him with a warm fresh product! And who in their right mind would dare to say that milk from a bag is better? At one time, when suddenly America, after a craze for canned foods, woke up and again fixed its gaze on a natural product, they even hung slogans everywhere: “Mom’s milk is the freshest and most natural. ” nine0003

Every woman wants to give her child only the best and most useful, but not every woman has a smooth and natural lactation process. When a woman gives birth for the first time, she is worried about what and how she will do. But a day or two passes, and she already copes with everything, one might say, with her eyes closed. When it’s repeated births, you already want to do everything just perfectly, but sometimes the idea also gets in the way. Transsurfing is a new direction that teaches: do not think about something in the future, imagine everything today and now, feel this feeling and you will get it. So it is with milk - everything will be fine with you! And milk will be enough! And you know how to achieve it! nine0005 First, in my opinion, the first and most significant reason for the disappearance of milk is stress! After childbirth, everything around is perceived as a hyper-irritating factor. If you cannot change the situation, change your attitude towards it. Your most important task is to provide the child with food. And if you are nervous, then the milk may disappear. So let's do self-indulgence! No one will calm down for you, and even more so - the child feels your mood very well.

Secondly, when a woman returns home from the maternity hospital, all housework falls on her, and her main job for this period is to be a “dairy farm”. For successful lactation, at least in the first months, a woman must sleep, eat, drink, feed a child, and believe me, there is practically no time left for anything else ...
Thirdly, if you have ever had lactostasis (blockage of the mammary duct due to stagnation of milk in the mammary gland), then know that after it the amount of milk in the problem breast will decrease and the volume of lactation, with all your efforts, will be restored only after a week. Lactostasis is the first symptom of formidable mastitis, which is better not to worry, but only to hear from others. More than half of women who have experienced inflammation stop breastfeeding, and only a few, having passed such a test, managed to continue breastfeeding. nine0003

Fourth, fifth, etc., there are many reasons, let's fight for lactation better! The true problem with lactation occurs in no more than 5% of women, and for all the rest it is a solvable problem - there would be a desire!

Where to start to get more milk? First of all, with the understanding of this process. Imagine a bunch of grapes. A berry is a cell, and milk is produced in it. Further, a small branch departs from each berry, which is connected to a larger one, and this whole bunch hangs on one leg. So, all these branches are ducts, from small on the periphery to large, wide under the nipple. The system is filled with milk, and if the child ate only what was in the large ducts and did not affect the more distant branches, then there are two options: either the amount of milk will gradually decrease (due to lack of demand), or lactostasis will begin (when the milk has nowhere to go, it tries to return back into the cell, and the cell already perceives it as a foreign agent). So, if we stimulate lactation, after feeding the baby, we still need to express the remaining milk. You will not be able to empty your breast to the last drop, since the process of milk formation is continuous, but you can check that the distant sections are empty. Do not walk around with a full chest - this is very important! I can’t agree with the experts who recommend feeding the baby on a schedule, and not on demand, although you will still develop a certain schedule over time and you will approximately know when the baby wakes up. But if your breasts are full and the baby is still sleeping - don't wait, take a breast pump and express it, sometimes it is enough to express 10-20 ml so that the breast waits for your pet without tension. nine0003

In this article, I will not name those teas and medicines that would increase your lactation, there are many of them, but I will say a little about products that stimulate lactation. It is important for mothers not only to observe the drinking regimen and drink at least two liters of fluid per day, but also to pay attention to what you drink. The most common lactogenic remedy is tea with milk. I remember that I came from the hospital, poured coffee, and the body reacted only to the smell and said that now my favorite drink for lactation is tea with milk. She poured coffee, made tea with milk and enjoyed it all lactation. When she stopped feeding, the situation reversed. So learn to listen to yourself, maybe you will learn something useful about yourself. Often the body itself tells you what you lack. Herbal teas with galega, cumin, dill, nettle, dandelion, fennel, oregano, lemon balm, anise, yarrow, rosehip have a pronounced lactogenic effect. Among the vegetables that enhance lactation, the role of carrots, licorice, leaf lettuce, radish is great. From these products you can make salads or drinks. nine0003

When you rush into the fight for milk, keep a food diary. Since it is important for us not only that the amount of milk increased, but also that the child feels good on those products that he “eats” through you. They brewed some grass for themselves - they wrote it down in a diary, looked at the reaction of the baby. They drank juice, let's say carrot, looked at the child, and he seemed to be slightly tanned. Then they took the diary and read what you ate and what he reacted to, and there is the answer - a carrot! And everyone calmed down. nine0003

In conclusion, I would like to note: if a mother is motivated to continue breastfeeding, then lactation can be maintained and increased in almost 80% of cases. Thus, breastfeeding is a manageable process, and breastfeeding women have many opportunities to maintain lactation and thereby improve the health of their child.

errors to avoid. Complications and ways to overcome them.


  • Turn the baby towards you, bring his nose to the nipple.
  • Gently tilt the baby's head back a little; it is important that the mouth is wide open.
  • If the mouth does not open wide enough or does not open at all, you can touch the nipple to the lips to trigger a reflex reaction.
  • Place the baby's lips firmly on the nipple, making sure to get as much of the areola into the mouth as possible.
  • Check if the baby sucks and swallows easily. nine0030

Attachment problems:

If you have problems attaching your baby to the breast, you can:

  • Lightly tickle the baby's lips to cause the mouth to open wide.
  • Bring the baby's head as close to the chest as possible (until the chin and lower jaw touch).
  • Place the baby's lower lip as far away from the base of the nipple as possible so that the baby has more of the areola.


  • Does not cause discomfort or pain.
  • The baby's breast rests calmly on the mother's breast; the child does not have to move.
  • Almost invisible areola of the nipple.
  • The baby's tongue is under the nipple.
  • You can see/hear the baby's swallowing movements.
  • The baby's chin touches the breast of the breastfeeding woman.
  • The child's mouth is wide open, the lips are "pulled" back.
  • The nipple is deep in the baby's mouth, with the tip at the very back of the mouth. nine0030
  • Lips and gums pressed against the area around the nipple (areola).
  • The lower lip is applied farther from the base of the nipple than the upper lip.


  • Baby sucks or "chews" only the nipple.
  • The tongue "works" on the tip of the nipple.
  • Lips and gums are pressed against the nipple instead of the areola.
  • The child's lips are sucked inward.

With this attachment, the baby does not receive enough milk, the emptying of the breast is also defective, which can lead to negative consequences. nine0003


  • Pain

It is important to ensure that the baby grasps not only the nipple, but also the areola.

  • Baby's weak sucking movements

Most often associated with incorrect latch on of the nipple and areola.

  • Inadequate feeding

A possible cause of feeding difficulties is a tongue tie, which requires the child to be examined by a pediatrician. nineNipple pain

  • The nipple is "flattened" after feeding: a shallow grip on the breast or a short frenulum of the tongue.
  • Nipple hyperemia: candidiasis.
  • Discoloration of the nipple (blanching, cyanosis): vasospasm or Raynaud's phenomenon.

    • First of all, check the quality of attachment to the breast. nine0030
    • Change positions at each feeding.
    • After feeding, express a few drops of milk and rub gently into the nipples.
    • Wear natural cotton underwear.
    • Avoid tight synthetic underwear.
    • Wear special bra pads to ensure nipple hygiene.
    • When washing breasts, avoid using detergents with a potentially irritating effect.
    • Feed more frequently to prevent engorgement and excessive suckling. nine0030
    • Stimulate the milk reflex before putting the baby to the breast.
    • Apply ice to the nipple before feeding.
    • Teats should be kept dry and uncovered as much as possible, at least at night.
    • Be sure to exclude inflammation and infection, in particular candidiasis.
    • Wound healing creams/ointments may be used.
    • Seek medical attention.



    • First of all, check the quality of attachment to the breast.
    • Feed on demand and, if the breast is not emptying completely, express the rest of the milk.
    • Offer the baby both breasts during one feeding.
    • Introduce nutritional mixtures only after consulting a doctor in case of a confirmed deficiency in the child's body weight gains.
    • Limit your child's use of pacifiers and other breast substitutes.
    • Exclude hormonal disorders.


    • Use only one breast per feeding; offer one breast to the baby until it is completely empty for at least two hours before the next feeding.
    • Express milk when there is soreness and a feeling of "tightness" in the mammary glands.
    • Cool compresses can be used to reduce swelling.
    • Feed the baby without waiting for signs of severe hunger to reduce the risk of aggressive and painful nipple latching. nine0030
    • Seek medical attention.


    • Often associated with excess milk production; represents an excessively strong reaction to the secretion of oxytocin when applied to the breast.
    • It is recommended to gently grasp the nipple between the thumb and middle fingers, squeeze lightly to control the flow of milk.
    • If the milk supply is too fast or abundant during feeding and causes discomfort to the baby, it is worth interrupting the feeding and expressing the excess milk. nine0030
    • Feed strictly on demand; do not make long intervals between feedings.


    • Enlargement of the mammary glands and an increase in their sensitivity is the norm during lactation.
    • Thickening and tenderness of the mammary glands - pathological engorgement, which may be associated with lactostasis and mastitis.
    • More common on the 3rd-5th day of the postpartum period, but can be observed at any other time, especially with long breaks in feeding. nine0030
    • Breast engorgement is an indication for a doctor's consultation to exclude lactostasis and mastitis, as well as to recommend further tactics.


    • Feeding should be frequent and prolonged, as required by the child.
    • Be sure to control the quality of attachment to the breast.
    • Be sure to empty the breast completely, either during feeding or when expressing additionally.
    • Avoid using pacifiers or feeding bottles.
    • Before breastfeeding, you can express a little by hand or with a breast pump to soften the nipple and areola.
    • Do not allow breaks of more than 4 hours between feedings or pumping.
    • Cooling compresses may be used to reduce swelling and pain.
    • Be sure to maintain an adequate drinking regimen.
    • Be sure to choose supportive underwear, not tight or synthetic. nine0030


    • When the ducts of the mammary gland are blocked, there is a painful/sensitive induration in the chest, which is not accompanied by symptoms of general intoxication; without hyperthermia.
    • More often unilateral, asymmetric.
    • Caused by local lactostasis.
    • May lead to an associated inflammatory reaction and mastitis.
    • Requires medical attention.
    • Feeding or pumping on the side of the obstructed duct at least every 2 hours to ensure emptying. nine0030
    • Try to adjust the attachment to the breast so that the child exerts efforts precisely on the area of ​​the chest in which there is congestion.
    • Gentle circular massaging from the base of the breast to the nipple
    • Warm compress on the area of ​​congestion ( with caution if infection is possible) .
    • Avoid tight, constricting underwear.


    • Diffuse or local inflammation of the breast tissue: soreness, swelling, hyperemia. nine0030
    • Signs of general intoxication, fever.
    • Nausea, vomiting.
    • Pathological discharge from the nipples (purulent, mixed with blood).
    • If fever persists for more than a day, it should be regarded as an infectious process and antibiotic therapy should be prescribed.
    • If complaints persist despite AB therapy, new foci of hyperemia and tenderness appear in the mammary glands, and if fever with a sharp increase in temperature is observed, the formation of a breast abscess should be excluded. nine0030
    • If there is pus in breast milk, feeding should be temporarily stopped; breasts should be pumped frequently and with care.


    In addition to normal/standard nipples, there are also

    • Inverted
    • Flat
    • Too big

    Any of these variations can lead to poor nipple latch on by the baby and hence feeding complications. nine0003