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Breastfeeding is a wonderful time between mom and her baby with many proven health benefit to the baby. Nothing special if mothers get hurt somewhere at their breasts, especially in the first few weeks of nursing. There are some home remedies mothers can try to reduce discomfort.

Description: Breastfeeding is a wonderful time between mom and her baby

Breastfeeding is a wonderful time between mom and her baby

Position

Almost sore nipples happened because of improper position. Be sure your baby’s mouth totally open and center your nipples in there. After that most of the areola area is in her mouth, not only the nipples. Proper nursing positions can reduce uncomfortable feeling in a few days.

Benefits of air and light

Air crying nipples can reduce cracking from moisturizing regularly. Instead of drying nipples by using towel, leave the bra open until your nipples are dry. Experts suggest using a hair dryer at low temperature and exposing your breasts to sunlight for a few minutes.

Natural ointment

Nipple dermatitis (the nipple is red, feels hot and is slightly swollen) can be a reaction after rubbing something over your nipples, such as lanolin and Vitamin E ointments. Experts recommend using the breast milk instead and letting it air dry, since breast milk has antibacterial properties.

Description: Nipple can be a reaction after rubbing lanolin over your nipples.

Nipple can be a reaction after rubbing lanolin over your nipples.

Compresses

Warmth will ease the uncomfortable feeling mothers have when nursing. Put a heating pad over your breasts. If you don’t have one, use a warmed-in-microwave towel instead. Sitting in a warm tub often can cause your breast milk to let down and ease the pain. If you prefer cold feeling, try cold towel or soothies which are gel pads that are stored in the refrigerator and worn between feedings.

Description: If you prefer cold feeling, try cold towel or Soothies

If you prefer cold feeling, try cold towel or soothies.

Warnings

If your breasts or nipples are sore persistently, contact the doctor. Your breasts are sometimes cracked and your baby may ingest some blood at her stool or spit up. Even though it may be unharmed, whenever you see it, contact your pediatrician.

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