Healing Those Sore Nipples

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Breast soreness, nipple tenderness, and even cracked nipples are an unfortunate but very common thing to have during breastfeeding. Almost every woman who breastfeeds will have breast soreness of some degree or another, at one time or another. However, when nipples become so sore that they actually crack, it can create a great number of problems. Cracked nipples can cause problems with your baby latching on, for example. Cracked nipples can also make it so painful to breastfeed that many women who have cracked nipples feel as thought they would like to give up altogether. Having said all of that, there are ways to go about healing cracked nipples during breastfeeding.

To start with, there are a variety of nipple butters and nipple creams that can be used to help go about healing cracked nipples during breastfeeding. Some of these products are organic and more natural in their composition, while others are more on the artificial side. Some of the creams and lotions on the artificial side of things might rely on ingredients like lanolin. Other sorts of nipple creams or breast lotions take a more natural approach. Some of the natural nipple creams use ingredients such as cocoa butter, shea butter, and mango butter. Natural nipple creams may also rely on a variety of herbs, such as calendula, to speed up the healing of your cracked nipples.

Breast compresses are another way to go about healing cracked nipples during breastfeeding. Some of these compresses resemble an ice pack, and are used cold. The cold will help to reduce swelling, as well as to numb the cracked nipples a bit. There are also more natural breast compresses that can be used to help with healing cracked nipples during breastfeeding. For decades, women have used cabbage leaves or even tea bags to soothe their sore nipples during breastfeeding. There are even herbal breast compresses. These compresses use a variety of herbal ingredients to help soothe your sore nipples. O

There are other things that you can do to heal cracked nipples during breastfeeding. Allowing them to air dry for 5 or 10 minutes after nursing may help. You should avoid soaps that tend to try the skin. You may try different positions from one feeding to the next. Ultimately, with some determination and patience, you should be able to resolve the issue of cracked nipples, or at least make it manageable.

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