When pumping milk, your breasts and nipples go through a lot. Without knowing the right ways to care for those parts before, during, and after pumping, you may end up experiencing really sore nipples.
While they don’t last forever, there are a few things you can do to make the healing process a lot faster. So, how to deal with cracked nipples from pumping?
Apply a cold washcloth
Put a cold washcloth on your nipples for 10 minutes after pumping. Cold temperature may provide pain relief.
Keep your nipples dry
When you aren’t nursing, try to keep your nipples dry. If you are experiencing leakage, you can use a nursing pad to absorb the excess fluid. Remember to change the nursing pads frequently as keeping them on for too long can cause your skin to break down. It’ll make you prone to infections, too.
Apply breast creams
A breast cream made with soothing and moisturizing ingredients should be able to help minimize or prevent cracked nipples. Pick one that’s safe for breastfeeding and formulated with safe ingredients. This can be tricky as there are a lot of ingredients that can harm your baby.
Whether you’re pumping or breastfeeding, this list of tips should be able to help you avoid the pain and discomfort that come with expressing milk for your little one.