Tips to Treat Your Sore Nipples during Breast Feeding

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Tips to Treat Your Sore Nipples during Breast Feeding

Congratulations! You are about to take part in one of life’s great miracles – breast feeding your baby. Breast feeding is the best feeling for a mother as she gives her baby the most beneficial food. During pregnancy, you’ve planned of everything from choosing a name for your newborn, what to wear, arranging a cradle to buying toys for your baby. But you forgot the vital part of pregnancy that is to have sound knowledge on breast feeding.

Some are lucky that they get the info from their mother or friends, but few lack knowledge on what will happen to their breast and nipples during breast feed. The article here aims to explain the reasons and solutions for sore as well as cracked nipples.

Nursing shouldn’t be painful, in fact, pain is a warning that something is not right. Early, mild nipple discomfort is common among women initiating breastfeeding. In most women, the discomfort is transient and usually subsides by the end of the first week. Severe nipple pain, the presence of nipple cracks or fissures, pain that persists throughout a feeding, or pain that is not improved by the end of the first week should not be considered normal and requires evaluation. Painful nipples and trauma can discourage women. As many as one third of women who experience nipple pain and trauma switch to bottle feeding within the first 6 weeks postpartum.

 

 

The best prevention of nipple pain and soreness is proper positioning of the baby on the breast. In order to feed effectively, the baby needs to draw the breast deeply into the mouth, so that the mother’s nipple approximates to the junction of the hard and soft palate. This enables the baby to use its tongue smoothly and rhythmically against the undersurface of the breast and remove milk from the ducts. With a good latch, the mother’s nipple is so far in the baby’s mouth that is beyond the reach of the compression wave of the tongue, so no pain is caused, and no damage is done.

 

 

If a woman is experiencing pain, a lactation consultant or a health care professional well trained in lactation should observe the mother nursing her baby. The lactation consultant can determine whether the pain is simply related to early breastfeeding, or if a problem exists.

Women can take simple steps to manage nipple pain. Recommended strategies include letting breasts air-dry after nursing, rubbing expressed milk or an all-purpose ointment on nipples, and using warm compresses on sore nipples. Also use good positioning if you need to help the baby.

Even after following the tips if you experience pain, it is better to take treatment immediately.

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    Dr.Nalini Sreekanth

    I have been practicing alternative medicine for the past 7 years in and out of India.Coming from a traditional family from Kerala, Gods own country.My fore fathers where into traditional Ayurveda practice over 7 generations.read more

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