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Health Tip: Minimize Breastfeeding Pain

Health Tip: Minimize Breastfeeding Pain

03/09/12

(HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding can be painful or uncomfortable, but there are things moms can do to make it a more pleasant experience.

The Nemours Foundation mentions these suggestions to help make breast-feeding more comfortable:

  • Ensure baby is properly latched to the breast.
  • Apply a special over-the-counter lotion between feedings to prevent dryness.
  • When you've finished feeding, take a little bit of breast milk and massage the nipples, allowing them to air dry.
  • Nurse more frequently, but for shorter feedings. Nurse on the breast that is less sore.
  • Use your finger to gently break baby's suction at the end of a feeding.
  • Use different feeding positions.
  • Gently massage the breast or apply gentle heat before a feeding.
  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack after a feeding.
  • Feed with stored milk for a few days, allowing cracked nipples to heal.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, and get as much rest as possible.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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