Sore nipples are a very common problem among breastfeeding mothers. This condition, as many think, is not caused by frequent breastfeeding but is caused by many other factors incorrect breastfeeding positions, your baby not properly latch on to breasts, or even use of certain soaps and lotions.
Now without focusing too much on the possible causes for sore nipples, let’s find out the solutions for sore nipples.
Since sore nipples are mainly due to incorrect latching during breastfeeding, the solution is in preventing sore nipples by correctly breastfeeding your baby. This means adopting a correct breastfeeding position and helping your baby properly latch on to your breast.
See if your baby sucks from your nipple only. Not only the nipple but a larger portion of your breast should fill your baby’s mouth. Guide your baby toward your breast; help her to take in maximum portion of your breast.
Remember, if your baby does not latch on properly, she may be deprived of hind milk which is rich in calorie. Also, the breastfeeding position should allow not only the baby’s head to face your breast but her whole body should face your breasts.
Apart from prevention, you will also find the following tips for alleviating nipples soreness quite useful.
First of all, application of colostrum to your nipples will help in alleviating the soreness. Colostrum is the milky fluid secreted for the first few days after parturition. Manually express a little amount of colostrum and rub it gently on your sore nipples and you will feel the relief immediately.
Your nipples are also very tender in the first few days of breastfeeding and application of colostrum will be a solution such tender feeling as well. However, this is a temporary treatment for sore nipples as colostrum is produce only for a few days after childbirth.
There are also few creams for sore and cracked nipples which are readily available in the market. Specially formulated lanolin creams and petroleum jelly are recommended as they are safe for the baby as well. However, always allow the cream or jell to get completely absorbed before you breastfeed your baby. As such, apply the solution immediately after breastfeeding.