What happens to nipples after breastfeeding?

(July 22, 2010)

Nipples After Breastfeeding

Almost all doctors, pediatricians and health experts tout the advantages of breastfeeding. However, while breastfeeding may have several advantages and benefits for the mother as well as the newborn baby, there are some women who cannot continue it, because their nipples get very sore and even bleed at times. Several nursing mothers complain of sore nipples, or a burning feeling in the nipples, after breastfeeding. There are many women who also suffer from cracked nipples, in addition to the tenderness. One of the main causes of sore nipples is when the baby does not latch on to the breast properly. Other factors that could cause sore nipples are that the baby is not sucking properly or is not positioned in the right way. At times, sore nipples could be caused by a fungal infection. If you are among those women who suffer such plight, you have nothing much to worry about, as your nipples will gradually toughen up. However, it is much better to prevent this problem, than cure it. Follow the steps that are given below, to protect your nipples, while you breastfeed your baby:

•    Ensure that the baby latches on to the nipple, as well as the areola properly, when you start feeding. In case the baby does not latch on in the right way, then make the baby unlatch; insert your pinkie through the corner of the baby’s mouth and remove your nipple. Allow the baby to try latching on again, but wait until the baby’s mouth is wide open, before trying. Keep repositioning the baby as needed, till the desired results are achieved.

•    Try different nursing positions, while feeding the baby. For example, if you alternate between the football hold and the cradle hold, it could help ease the soreness in the nipples. However, it is important to make sure that your baby always faces your breasts.

•    There are special ointments easily available that help heal the cracks and relieve the soreness. Although, it is important to check with a doctor, before using any of them. Alternately, you can place a cold wet teabag, on the affected area, for comfort.

•    Apply some heat immediately after feeding the baby, to the nipple to decrease or prevent the soreness.

•    Rub some expressed milk directly on the milk and allow it to dry off naturally.

This condition may take a week or two to heal, but it is important to ensure that you continue to remain patient and do not give up the act of feeding your baby.

Submitted by P T on July 22, 2010 at 05:59

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