Being a mother is fulfilling, but there will always be struggles along the way. One of which is the pain of nursing a baby. Luckily for you, we have some tips for soothing nipples after breastfeeding.
First of all, you should know that skin irritation can be a factor for painful nipples. It is usually caused by moisture staying on the skin for several hours. That’s why you have to air-dry your nipples every time you’re done feeding your baby.
You should also do the following tips from HealthLink BC:
- Apply cool compress on your nipples with a damp cloth.
- Apply a hypoallergenic nipple cream or ointment (especially with a cooling effect).
- Put hydrogel pads inside your bra.
- Wear a cotton bra with wide straps.
Just a heads-up, you might encounter sources that recommend warm compress. That should be done BEFORE breastfeeding. Applying it afterward will just intensify the pain due to increased circulation.
Soothing nipples after breastfeeding is basically applying something cool on the sore areas. Use a cold compress, nipple cream, and hydrogel pads. Also, wear a cotton bra for breathability.