Are you wondering how to prevent sore nipples while breastfeeding?
Many women get breastfeeding wrong, it’s not as easy as it seems or as natural as it’ supposed to be. You see a baby at the end of the day will naturally want to breastfeed but at the same time it’s not as pleasant for the mother. If the baby does not latch properly then your nipples can get cracked and here are the only ways to avoid that.
1. Allow your baby to self-latch
It’s usually natural for your baby, so let your baby to put your nipple in his/her mouth and don’t keep bending down to give your baby your breast or you will hurt your back.
2. Use good positioning
This basically means your baby’s stomach should be touching your stomach and the baby’s head rested on your arm to ensure he/she latches properly. Using a nursing pillow will really help you to do it correctly. The areola which is the black part of your breast should be fully in his mouth.
3. Do not remove the baby from the boob
You should not keep unlatching the baby unnecessarily, so you need to ensure that whatever you’re doing your baby has still been latched on.
4. Do not let the baby get you very hungry
We know it’s a hard thing to ask from you, how can you want to feed the person who is hurting you. But when you notice your baby is fidgety, looking around anxiously or is just fussy, please try feeding your baby before he/she starts wailing.
5. Use a nipple cream
Nipple creams be used to heal and protect sore, dry or sensitive nipples. Also make sure you keep expressing milk so that you don’t feel pain while breastfeeding. Remember to use a nipple cream that is safe for consumption.
It’s a learning experience, keep massaging your breasts, take care of yourself and be patient with the process. There are things about breastfeeding that might drive you crazy but take it a day at a time.