How to Treat Sore Nipples when Breastfeeding

One of the most common complaints that women have about breastfeeding is sore nipples. There are a number of different factors that can cause sore nipples when breastfeeding. For example, the way that a woman’s hormone levels change both during pregnancy and after her baby is born can greatly increase the sensitivity of her nipples. On top of that, when the breast fills up with milk that alone can cause sore nipples. Even if a woman’ is expressing her milk regularly and isn’t engorged, the nipples can become sore during breastfeeding.

Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can treat sore nipples during breastfeeding. For example, there are creams and lotions that you can use in a topical way to help with soreness. There are lotions that are all natural and use a variety of herbs and other natural remedies. These types of products usually rely on things like Shea butter, mango butter and cocoa butter.

There are creams and lotions that use lanolin, too. There is some concern about using lanolin to treat sore nipples when breastfeeding. There is a believe that the lanolin may contain certain traces of pesticides or other harmful ingredients that could then be transferred to your baby. The scientific data in this area isn’t especially helpful, as no real testing has come out to suggest a definite problem or safety.

Another great way to treat sore nipples when breastfeeding is by using a breast compress. You can use a simple natural compress of cabbage leaves. Some women have used tea bags to soothe sore nipples. There are herbal breast compress products that may contain these ingredients, too, as well as other soothing herbs like Calendula. Some breast compresses work more like an ice pack or a heating pad.

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