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6 Ways to Treat and Prevent Sore Nipples While Breastfeeding

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  • Use breast milk to heal bleeding blistered and cracked nipples.

Motherhood is more than just a full-time job. One day, you are shopping for baby milk bottles in Malaysia, then the next week you are worrying if your child gets enough breast milk. At some point, you will also experience sore nipples while breastfeeding. One solution you can try is to put a bit of milk on the nipple, and then let it air dry. You can also apply an ice pack before feeding your child, to numb the nipple temporarily. 

  • Ask help from professionals.

Several people think that it’s completely normal for the breasts to be painful while breastfeeding. It is, but if the pain extends to a longer period of time, it’s time to find a solution to the problem. Reach out to a breastfeeding expert. Additionally, you can ask this person for further guidance, and other breastfeeding myths you should know about. 

  • Let your little one self-latch.

Just like other mammals, humans have this innate breastfeeding ability to find the breast, and latch on well with little to no help. Just get into a semi-reclining, comfortable position, and your baby would naturally orient herself by moving towards your breast in order to latch on.

  • Make sure to position yourself comfortable.

Positioning yourself well will also help your baby. While newborns can position themselves well on their own, at some point, they can also have some difficulties in self-attaching. Learn more about comfortable breastfeeding positions. Are you breastfeeding while sitting up? Then ensure that your child is tucked really close to you. Your supporting arm and hand should be placed behind the baby’s shoulders, not the head. 

  • Expose your nipples to the air, so they will stay dry, and heal.

Are your nipples dry, damaged and sore? Sore nipples will feel even more painful once your baby latches on. If possible, use breast shells to protect your breasts from being touched by your clothing and bra. It’s also important to let it breathe once in a while. Expose it to the air to heal. 

  • Look out for early hunger cues.

Moms with sore nipples want, as much as possible, to space out nursing times. That’s completely understandable. Breastfeeding causes you pain, so you want to do it less frequently. Though, a hungry newborn wouldn’t have that much patience, and would try to grab your nipples at any time, causing even more pain. Nurse your little one as soon as she appears hungry. This would make it a lot easier to position the baby every time.