Breastfeeding is bliss. It is an out of this world bonding experience between mother and child. You get to nourish that tiny human and in no time, they are all grown moving out of home and even starting their own families. At times, however, breastfeeding can be excruciatingly painful. It is not all that bliss and you will dread your baby waking up because they will want to latch on your sore or cracked nipples. Worse still, they could be bleeding. Most nursing women experience this and here are home remedies for sore/cracked nipples.
- Apply freshly expressed milk
Smooth freshly expressed milk on the cracked nipples. This acts as an antibacterial protection. After your baby is done feeding, clean your hands and smoothly apply the milk on the nipple.
Do not use this home remedy on your breast if you have a thrush as yeast grows faster on milk.
After you have applied the milk, wait for it to dry before you cover up.
- Use a warm compress
This is the use of a clean, wet warm cloth on your cracked nipples to sooth the pain. In as much as it does not offer anti-bacterial protection, it helps to alleviate the pain. Get warm water in a bowl, dip a clean wash cloth in the water, wring off excess water and press the cloth on your nipple and breast.
- Salt Water Rinse
This homemade saline solution will help to promote healing while hydrating your skin. Mix a half teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water then soak your nipples in the saline solution for about a minute. Gently pat dry.
Make sure the solution you use is fresh everyday and you should rinse your nipple off the saline solution before feeding the baby.
- Medical Grade Lanolin Ointment
Use ointments specially formulated for breastfeeding mothers. They help to promote moist wound healing and do not necessarily need to be rinsed off before breastfeeding.
- Constantly change your nursing pads
Change your nursing pads as soon as they become damp. The moisture in your pads may delay healing of the cracked nipples. Also, avoid nursing pads with plastic lining as they limit the circulation of air. Ensure your nursing pads are made from 100% cotton.
Remedies to avoid
- Wet teabags
- Ointments that are not 100% lanolin
As we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, let us come together and support mothers and mothers to be that hope to breastfeed their little ones. What home remedies for sore or cracked nipples have you used before when breastfeeding?