Prevent yourself from sore & cracked nipples

The problem of sore & cracked nipples is mostly experienced by the women who breast feed their child. Other than breastfeeding mothers, may also suffer from nipple irritation. This problem makes it very uncomfortable for the women to wear clothes & it is more painful for breastfeeding mothers. The most important reason for sore and cracked nipples among breast feeding mothers is the wrong positioning of baby.


Breast feeding mother should make it sure that most of the areola of the breast is into baby’s mouth & not just the nipple. She should hold the baby with some support underside so as to feel comfortable. She should use other hand to cup her breast with thumb on top & finger underneath.

She should pull the baby in tight & stoke the cheek with her nipple. The baby would open the mouth & then she should put most of her areola in baby’s mouth. This allows baby to grab the areola & then the mother should press her breast to release the milk. Here are explained some tips for sore & cracked nipples.

Keep breast clean & dry : Woman should always keep her breasts clean & dry. Don’t wash the breasts with soap as it would dry the nipples more. Use only plain water for cleaning. Allow the breasts to breathe by exposing them to fresh air on & off. Woman can also dry her breasts with hair dryer after each breastfeeding session as moist nipples would stick to clothes causing further irritation.

Apply cool gel pads on dry nipples : After breastfeeding apply cool gel pads on dry nipples. Breast feeding woman can also apply some of her breast milk on the nipples as the antibodies present in breast milk would fight infection & keep the nipples healthy.

Support with breastfeeding pads : Woman can support her breasts with breastfeeding pads. But she should avoid using pads with plastic liners instead she should use cotton pads & cotton bras with non elastic straps. She can also place breast shields in her bra to prevent nipples from coming in contact with clothes.

Application of lanolin mixed with olive oil : She can also apply honey or lanolin mixed with olive oil over her nipples to get the relief. It will act as a moisturizer & provide healing. It will also prevent recurrence of cracking in future. By applying above said tips woman can easily get rid of sore & cracked nipples.

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