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How to prevent sore nipples?

Discussion in 'General Breastfeeding' started by RoNa, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. RoNa

    RoNa Administrator

    Any tips you would like to share?
     
  2. Love

    Love New Member

    According to research, sore nipples are most frequently caused by improper positioning of the baby at the breast. These are basic steps that will help to prevent sore nipples:
    1. Position yourself comfortably with back support, pillows supporting your arms and in your lap and your feet supported by a footrest or a telephone book.
    2. Position baby close to you, with his hips flexed, so that he does not have to turn his head to reach your breast. His mouth and nose should be facing your nipple. If possible, ask your helper to hand you the baby once you are comfortable. (See "Going Beyond the Basics" for details.)
    3. Support your breast so it is not pressing on your baby's chin. Your baby's chin should drive into your breast. (See "Breast Support Techniques" for descriptions.)
    4. Attach or latch baby onto your breast. Encourage him to open his mouth wide by tickling his lips with your nipple and saying, "Open". Pull him close by supporting his back (rather than the back of his head) so that his chin drives into your breast. His nose will be touching your breast. Your hand forms a "second neck" for your baby. (See "Is My Baby Latched on Well" for further information.)
    5. Enjoy! If it does not feel comfortable, detach and gently reposition the baby
    http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html
     
  3. Charm

    Charm Member

    Here are some tips that might help:
    -Avoid early use of breast milk bottles and pacifiers.
    -Breastfeed frequently
    -Remove baby carefully from breast
    -Keep bras and bra pads dry and clean. This gives sore nipples the best chance to heal and prevents them from becoming chapped.
     
  4. RoNa

    RoNa Administrator

    I totally agree on this "Keep bras and bra pads dry and clean. This gives sore nipples the best chance to heal and prevents them from becoming chapped.". We should keep bras and bra pads dry and clean to avoid infection.
     

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