If you’re Feeling Pain while Breastfeeding your Newborn Baby, then, there are chances of you getting a Sore or Cracked Nipple. Most New Mothers go through this issue, usually after Breastfeeding the baby for 2 or 3 days. Sore or Cracked Nipple is the most common thing which Breastfeeding Mother faces and it hurts too. To overcome this issue, you need to understand the reasons behind it and how mothers can treat this at home, without feeling any further pain.
> Baby is not latching on the nipples properly can cause sore nipples.
> Wrong Body Position of Breastfeeding
> Maybe you have a fungal infection, which is known as Thrush. It happens due to the antibiotics taken by mother recently. In this, you may notice red a shiny nipples and white spots on your newborn mouth. Don’t stop the breastfeeding but call your doctor for medication.
> Due to the strong sucking pressure and pulling of nipple by Newborn.
> When Baby is taking too much breastfeed in less time or maybe from only one side of Breast.
> If your baby has a tongue tie, they will have a latching problem.
> Avoid wearing tight undergarments
> Due to having an inverted or flat nipples
> One of the most common causes is due to your Body Hormonal changes (progesterone and estrogen).
> Keep switching your breast sides, between the feeding time.
> If you are using breast pads, then keep cleaning the pads and try to use fresh breast after every Breastfeed, to avoid sore or cracked nipples.
How to Treat Sore Nipples
1 # Use Hydrogel pads :
The easiest way to treat sore or cracked nipples. Buy a Hydrogel pad from any near a medical store, as they are easily available online and medical stores. Hydrogel pads give instant relief to sore nipples, by its cooling cushion and silicone-like material
2 # Warm Compress
Best Home Remedy for Sore Nipples, take a washcloth and dip it in warm water. Squeezed the excess liquid and place the washcloth over the effective area and leave it till its warmth goes way. Repeat the process on your both breast. This will give you instant relief and sooth skin.
3 # Apply Nipcare Ointment
Apply Nipcare ointment (antibacterial cream) after feeding your baby. Apply the cream on and near the area of nipple and leave it. But always wash it with clean cloth properly before feeding the baby again. It will take 2 to 3 days to get the relief.
4 # Apply Breast Milk:
Hand express or pump little bit mother milk and rub it gently all over your nipples area. After 10 minutes, clean the area with lukewarm water (use a cotton swab to clean the area).
5 # Olive Oil:
Mix one drop of tea tree or calendula oil with one tablespoon of olive oil in lukewarm water. Take the cotton ball and put it the mixture and drab it on the effect are on your nipples. Once, the mixture gets dry, just wash it off with light warm water.
(Most Usefully Posture for Breastfeeding)
> In this position, your baby lies on one of your forearms, in the horizontal position.
> Bring the baby head near to your chest or breast level.
> If you want you can support the baby legs with other hands.
> Baby looks like he or she is sliding in your arms.
> Keep supporting the baby head and neck with your hands and make him comfortable all the time.
(Useful for Breastfeeding Premature Babies)
Don’t get confused between Cradle & Cross Cradle positions, in cross cradle position you support baby’s head with your both arms. Normally, it’s used to breastfeed premature babies, as they need extra head support and both hands provide cushion comfortable to the baby. Also, help babies to latch the nipples for a longer period.
> First put your baby across your body or lap by using your arm opposite the breast.
> Used your other hand to support your baby head and bring the baby to breast level.
> Keep the soft pillow underneath your arms for good and comfortable support, you can also use breastfeeding pillow.
> Support the back neck by your forearms & palm or you can use your thumb and fingers at the back of your back at neck & ear.
(Best for Breastfeeding Twins Babies)
Normally mothers don’t prefer or like this position, as it’s difficult to hold a baby from the back side of your body. Actually, this position is helpful for mothers of twins’ babies. And this way it’s to feed both babies at one time. But it’s always recommended that mothers of twins’ babies should breastfeed baby one by one.
> Take the help of your husband or other people to place the baby in this position, as for mother to hold the baby in this position is not easy.
> Gentle hold your baby head and keep this body under your arm, the side from which you are going to feed.
> Your baby feet will be facing at your back; if you want you can keep the pillow below his legs to support.
> Just remember to give support to your baby’s head while bringing him towards your breast.
Mothers find this position most useful to breastfeed their babies at night. In this position, both mother & baby can easily be lying down and relax. Just remember that while feeding in this position your milk should not get into the ears of baby, as it can cause an ear infection.
> There is anything much to tell about this position, mom just needs to lies on her side facing the baby.
> Keep your baby face close to your breast and try to keep him in the straight position.
> By your one hand keep cradle his head and body, this will help baby to feel mother love.
> Women’s should keep one pillow behind their body at back and one pillow below the head; this will support the ladies back and reduce the pain.