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Haemorrhoids (piles ) and Breastfeeding

The pain and discomfort of piles after birth can make breastfeeding difficult. You do not need to avoid the over the counter products which do not pass significantly into breastmilk

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Haemorrhoids (piles) are common after birth, especially after an extended second stage of pushing. They can be incredibly painful or cause intense itching. They may also bleed. They can make breastfeeding difficult as it becomes too painful to sit for prolonged periods. They can also occur because of constipation due to taking strong opioid painkillers.

Symptoms according to the NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/piles-haemorrhoids/

  • bright red blood after you poo
  • an itchy anus
  • feeling like you still need to poo after going to the toilet
  • mucus in your underwear or on toilet paper after wiping your bottom
  • lumps around your anus
  • pain around your anus

Simple measure that you can take include:

The over the counter remedies of creams, ointments and suppositories are all acceptable during breastfeeding despite what the manufacturer leaflet may suggest. Examples include Anusol™, Anusol HC ™, Preparation H ™, Germaloids™, Scheriproct™, Xyloproct™

Anusol has recently launched a product aimed at breastfeeding mothers but it is considerably more expensive, ” Anusol™ Natural Cream is a non-medicated formula that is safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. “

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