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7 Care Tips for Cracked Nipples During Breastfeeding

Healing solutions for quick recovery.

As a new mother, breastfeeding can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be quite challenging. One of the most common problems that women face while breastfeeding is cracked nipples. Cracked nipples can be very painful and make it difficult to continue breastfeeding. Fortunately, there are many ways to care for your nipples to help speed up the healing process and make breastfeeding more comfortable. Here are some tips to help you care for your cracked nipples:

  • Keep your nipples clean: It's important to keep your nipples clean to prevent infection. You can clean your nipples with warm water and mild soap. Be sure to rinse your nipples well and pat them dry with a clean towel.

  • Use a lanolin cream: Lanolin cream is a natural moisturizer that can help soothe and heal cracked nipples. Apply a small amount of lanolin cream to your nipples after each feeding, and let it air dry.

  • Change nursing pads frequently: Wearing nursing pads can help absorb breast milk and prevent leaks, but it's important to change them frequently. Moisture can cause your nipples to become irritated and make the healing process slower.

  • Adjust your baby's latch: A poor latch can be a common cause of cracked nipples. Make sure that your baby's mouth is wide open and covers as much of the areola as possible. If you're having trouble getting a good latch, consider working with a lactation consultant.

  • Try different breastfeeding positions: Different breastfeeding positions can help reduce the pressure on your nipples and reduce pain. Experiment with different positions until you find one that's comfortable for you.

  • Take a break: If your nipples are very sore, it's okay to take a break from breastfeeding. You can pump your milk and feed it to your baby with a bottle until your nipples heal.

  • Stay hydrated: Staying hydrated is important for overall health, and it can also help promote healing. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Mama Care Bundle

Mama Care Bundle

For a body that's done so much. The Willow Mama Care bundles includes our clean, ultra-moisturizing nipple balm to heal and sooth cracked nipples and luxurious, quick-drying breast and belly oil.

Remember, it can take some time for your nipples to heal. Be patient and take care of yourself in the meantime. If you're experiencing severe pain or your nipples are not healing, consider reaching out to a lactation consultant or your healthcare provider for additional support.

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