Preventing Sore Nipples for Breastfeeding Moms


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Soothing Sore Nipples Excess Milk. One of the simplest ways to help soothe your pain and heal any cracks in your nipples is to use your own Air Them Out. Once you have softened the cracks in your nipples or used breast milk to soothe them, you can also try to Keep Them Moist.

Research has. Sore nipples are a common ailment for many breastfeeding moms. While the condition may be uncomfortable, it’s not usually anything to worry about and the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh these potential ailments.

Try to nurse your baby on the least painful nipple first; she will not suck as hard on the second, more painful nipple. If putting your baby to breast hurts too much, use a breast pump or hand-express to keep your milk supply moving. Your breast milk can also help your nipples heal with antibacterial protection.

The best way to prevent sore nipples is to ensure your baby is effectively attached so your baby is feeding effectively, without you experiencing pain. If. The most common cause of sore nipples involves incorrect latching. With a proper latch, a baby’s mouth should take in the entire nipple and some of the breast so that the nipple rests at the back of the mouth where the palate is soft.

But with an improper latch, the mouth may slip down to the tip of the nipple while the baby continues to suck. Prevent Soreness And Cracking from Occurring Start using the Amorini Silver Nipple Soothers™ soon after the first breastfeeding session. Allow for a drop or two of milk to pull into the Silver cups. This will help maintain moisture on the skin and prevent it from cracking. A 1997 study published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing [1] revealed that application of tea bags provide effective relief to sore nipples while breastfeeding.

Tea is. Your mother might have suggested the use of your own milk supply to reduce soreness in your breast because of its antibacterial as well as its healing properties and she will be right. Add a few drops of your milk on your breast as well as painful nipples before you breastfeed. You should do the same after you finish feeding.

Breastfeeding expert Jack Newman, M.D., recommends using all-purpose nipple ointment for sore nipples. Your doctor will need to write you a prescription for it; since the product isn’t available. To reduce pain, apply cool compresses to your nipples after breastfeeding. Gel pads can also be used on dry nipples. If your nipples are very sore, placing breast shields inside your bra to prevent contact between clothes and nipples may help.

Use proper breast support.

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Relieve nipple engorgement by applying warm compresses before the feeding, gently express some milk to soften the breast, or lean the breasts into a large bowl of warm water (or take a warm shower) just before the feeding to facilitate milk release and soften the nipples.

“Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook” by Department of Defense
from Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook
by Department of Defense
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To prevent future soreness or cracking, it is important to change wet nursing pads frequently, wash breasts in water only, and pat them dry with a soft towel or allow them to dry in the open air.

“The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health” by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, M.D., Terra Diane Ziporyn, Alvin & Nancy Baird Library Fund, Harvard University. Press
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by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, et. al.
Harvard University Press, 2004

Keeping the nipples dry following nursing, using ointment or lanolin to keep them soft, and releasing pressure of the bra as much as possible, may help in the early stages.

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by J. L. Buckingham, E. P. Donatelle, et. al.
Springer New York, 2013

Gently massage a small amount of expressed breast milk onto sore nipples after feeding.

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from Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children E-Book
by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson
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To help reduce or prevent early tenderness, hand-express a few drops of milk to soften the areola before feeding, then help your baby latch on well.

“Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide” by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding
from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, et. al.
Meadowbrook, 2016

The key to preventing sore nipples is correct breastfeeding technique.

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A warm moist washcloth or a warm shower before massaging the breast decreases discomfort.

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from Family Practice Guidelines, Third Edition
by Jill C. Cash, Cheryl A. Glass
Springer Publishing Company, 2014

Expose sore or cracked nipples to the air briefly after each feeding.

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Nursing on the less sore breast first, rotating stress points on nipples, and breaking suction before removing the infant may help.

“The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics” by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, K. Joseph Hurt, Matthew W. Guile, Jessica L. Bienstock, Harold E. Fox, Edward E. Wallach
from The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics
by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, K. Joseph Hurt, et. al.
Wolters Kluwer Health, 2012

If it hurts, apply wet heat before breastfeeding by soaking the nipple in either the bath or the sink or by applying wet warm compresses.

“Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers” by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
from Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
New Harbinger Publications, 2010

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