Breast Care Guide
Breast and Nipple Care during Breastfeeding
This page is our breast care guide with tips on cleaning and
preparing your breasts and nipples for breastfeeding. This page will also give information about how you can
avoid cracked and painful nipples during breastfeeding.
Breast Care Information &
Nipple Care Breast Feeding Tips
- You can care for your breast after breastfeeding, by rinsing with clean water, to wash away any saliva, then you can apply some of your own
breast milk or nipple cream and allow to
- Avoid wearing clothing that prevents your breasts from breathing.
Cotton bras are the best while breastfeeding, because they air dry
quickly, this keeps the germs from growing.
- Change your nursing pads often. Wet pads are the breading place for germs that can cause yeast infections and mastitis.
- Breast care and hygiene: Do not use soaps, alcohol or lotions on your
nipple area, as this could cause them to dry out and crack. Also, keep
other products like perfume, deodorants or powders away from your nipple
- For nipple care in breastfeeding, it is not necessary to wash your
nipples before every feeding, unless you have used special ointments, that are not recommended for baby's consumption.
- Wear loose fitted bras, and avoid wearing bras with under wiring, as this can cause blocked ducts and mastitis.
Read more on how to prepare for breastfeeding during pregnancy
How Nipple Pain can be Avoided
Breast care tips
- Latching on efficiently, will prevent sore nipples. Baby should have the whole nipple, plus a large amount of your areola far back in his/her mouth.
- Find a breastfeeding position that it comfy for you and your baby.
Baby’s body should be facing yours while breastfeeding, this makes
it easier for your baby to breastfeed, therefore reducing nipple pain.
- Do not pull your baby off of the breast while he/she is breastfeeding, use your
finger to break the suction in the corner of the mouth to
- Read more about how to handle a baby biting while breastfeeding.
- Breastfeed your baby before he becomes cranky and demanding. If your baby is
over hungry, he/she might suck a bit harder than usual, resulting in nipple pain.
Best Breast Care Health
Ointment and breastfeeding cream
- Preferably use
natural breast care products,
like olive oil or your own breast milk.
- Breastfeeding preparation: do not use products that you need to wash off, before your baby may breastfeed.
- Lanolin cream is great for treating sore nipples. Lanolin does not need to be washed off before feedings.
Breast Care Guide
When you Need to Get Help
- If you have a fever or any other flu symptoms.
- If you cannot get rid of engorgement or a blocked duct.
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