Health Tip: Minimize Breastfeeding Pain03/09/12
(HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding can be painful or
uncomfortable, but there are things moms can do to make it a more
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
- 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
- Use different feeding positions.
- Gently massage the breast or apply gentle heat before a
- Apply a cold compress or ice pack after a feeding.
- Feed with stored milk for a few days, allowing cracked nipples
- Drink plenty of fluids, and get as much rest as possible.
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