Breastfeeding may feel complicated at first, give yourself and your baby time to adjust, even if breastfeeding is not new to you it is for your baby!
Tips for Nipple pain & soreness
- Make sure baby has a good deep latch
- Massage breast to trigger letdown
- Soaking breast in warm water
- Allowing breast to air out
- Frozen gauze pad applied to relieve pain
- If cracked, wash hands & breast before & after feedings
- Yarrow leaf poultice/oil, comfrey ointment, aloe gel, calendula ointment for pain relief and cracks
- Grated potato to draw out heat/inflammation
- Vitamin C & Echinacea tincture can be taken by the mother to decrease chances of infection and increase skin rejuvenation
Essential oils that have been used for nipple pain
- 1-3 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil added to carrier oil (like olive oil, some people think coconut oil may dry out the breast), message on breast after breastfeeding
- Or 1-3 drops Lavender and Geranium essential oil
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and I take no responsibility for you using these methods for Nipple pain & soreness. Consult your care provider.
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Morell, S. F., Cowan, T. S. (2013). The nourishing traditions book of baby & child care. Washington, DC: New Trends Publishing, Inc.
Essential Oils Academy, (n.d). Pregnancy & beyond.