Thursday, March 26, 2009

How to Soothe Sore Breasts

How to Soothe Sore Breasts

I believe prevention works best. See steps 5,6 and 7 for prevention techniques.

NIPPLE SHIELD - This could possibly be the best way to prevent and relieve sore breasts because you are actually putting a physical barrier in place. If you don't know where to get one, ask your doctor or breastfeeding advisor. The nipple shield also helps if the baby is not suckling properly.

LANOLIN - Lanolin based products such as Lansinoh work wonders. Use as directed on the package. You can also use it for dry skin and chapped lips.

ICE CUBES - I have had moments where I literally had to freeze my nipples with ice cubes before attaching my baby. It does give a lot of relief.

SEATING - Make sure you are sitting up straight and bring the baby up to your breasts. This may require several pillows. I like to use the u shaped pillow and then put additional pillows underneath it to bring the baby to breast level.

ATTACHMENT - If you are having difficulty attaching, try gently squeezing the babies lips together so they look like "fish lips". Then push your nipple against the bottom lip as you are attaching them.

DETACHING -This can be very painful if not done right. Stick your finger in the corner of the babies mouth to release the suction grip.

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