Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your newborn baby. It provides the ideal nutrition a baby needs during the first six months of their life. It can also help you to create a bond with your new baby. However, for some, breastfeeding may not come easy and can be quite a challenge. Many breastfeeding mothers suffer from sore breasts or nipples when they begin breastfeeding especially in the first few weeks. Though some tenderness during the first few days is relatively common, any pain that is more than mild should not be ignored.
Taking Care of Your Nipples
The common reason for discomfort or pain during breastfeeding is when baby is poorly latched onto the breast. According to Sister Elizabeth, Lactation Consultant of Blissful Parenting, mothers should first massage their breasts to soften and stimulate let down before starting breastfeeding. The natural cocoa butter in Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Nursing Butter helps relieve sore, cracked nipples while retaining the skin’s natural moisture. Apart from softening the skin and making it more elastic, it forms a protective moisture proof barrier that locks moisture for maintaining healthy skin. The product has also been clinically and dermatologically tested.
How to apply nursing butter:
- Wash your hands
- Check the expiry date
- Squeeze a pea size cream to your finger
- Smear the cream onto your breast
- Apply the smeared cream to the sore nipple
This product does not have to be washed off prior to breastfeeding. It can also be used to condition nipples prior to breastfeeding. Apply daily to keep nipples soft, supple and moisturized.
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