Breastfeeding Moms – Breast Care Tips

Newborn breastfeeding

To all the breastfeeding Mommies out there, you are doing a fabulous job! Whether you breastfed a minute, a week, a month, or a year – give yourself a pad in the back! This post is not about the benefits of breastfeeding. It is not trying to convince anyone to breastfeed, and definitely does not bring any judgment of Moms bottle-feeding their babies. Being a Mom is difficult enough and we are all doing the best job we can for our babies!

Having breastfed three babies for a total of two and a half years, my breasts have bled, blistered, ripped, hurt, engorged, and made me cry numerous times. Breastfeeding is not easy. Both Mommy and baby need to adapt and learn. After baby #1, once you are confident to have mastered the skill, do not feel disappointed when baby #2 gives you just as much struggle. That baby needs to learn, just as your first one did. Your breasts need to get used to the suction again. Each one of my babies was very different. They ate differently, approached the breast and feeding in their very own little ways, and my experience has been totally different from one child to the next. And while you will struggle at first, if you are able to hang in there and don’t hit major roadblocks, you will both adjust in your due time and enjoy the close relationship (did I mention convenience?) between you and your baby.

We all know that the first few days and weeks will bring challenges and pain. As babies learn how to properly latch and suck, your breast will likely tear and bleed. Since there is no rest from hungry babies, you will need to find a way to heal your nipples between feeds. I would like to share with you my 4 tips on caring for your breast while breastfeeding:

Lanolin


It all started the day after our first daughter was born. The pain started and I sent my husband to the hospital’s shop to get something – anything – to apply to my nipples. He came back up with Lanolin breastfeeding salve. After feeding your baby, apply to the nipple. A protective layer will protect your breast and repair the skin between feeds. Free of harmful chemicals, it does not need to be removed before your baby’s next feed. My babies never seemed to feel a difference, while I truly did. It brought me much relief and I used as acute treatment in my worst days. When you are done breastfeeding, you can finish off your tube as moisturizer for your lips, heels, elbows, and cuticles!

Yogurt

My third child gave me the hardest time. I breastfed her for over a year and I would get random pains throughout the year. While the other 2 gave me trouble in the first few weeks, I just seemed to have more problems with her. One night as we lived in Germany and I was in so much pain that I could not bare the touch of a bra or shirt, I called a good friend of mine. The Germans always have natural remedies in mind and sure enough, she told me to open my fridge and get plain yogurt out. Put a teaspoon of it on a tissue and apply to your breast, she said. The immediate relief was incredible! The pain literally vanished as soon as I applied the cold yogurt to my breast. I strongly encourage all of you to give this a try. It is the easiest way to treat for acute pain! I never used this method on open sores and would recommend Lanolin on skin tears. Yogurt will bring you most comfort with shooting pain and overall discomfort and hyper-sensibility!

Natural Wool 


There goes another German remedy. As I took my newborn to one of her first doctor visits and pointed out to her sore butt, he wrote the following words on a piece of paper as he sent me off to the closest pharmacy: Heilwolle. That translates into Healing Wool. I was surprised that all pharmacies in Germany seem to carry pure  and natural sheep wool. I opened the box and the air filled with the smell of sheep. That stuff was real! I applied a thin layer on my baby’s butt and it worked like magic! No cream had been able to heal her and wool took only a couple of days to full recovery! Until a friend advised that I apply it to my breast when in pain! The basics of wool is to keep the area dry by absorbing the excess moisture. I was sold after the first try. I put a thin layer of wool and applied it directly to the tip of my nipple. It acted as a protector against the rubbing and started the healing process. I actually started keeping some wool inside my bra for days at a time when going through painful weeks. The relief was nearly instantaneous! You can change the wool every second feed and enjoy the benefits throughout the whole day.

Wool and Bamboo Breast Pads


Once I discovered the benefits of wool and because I am not a big fan of disposable items, I looked into wool nursing pads. I found several options on the market and purchased two different sets. I also got bamboo nursing pads to try. Having 3 sets was more than enough to never have to use the disposable kind again, which I thought were irritating anyways… I started with the wool pads and found them to be very comfortable and to bring some of the soothing benefits of the wool. On tough days, I would double up with actual wool. The rest of the time, the pads were enough on their own and very protecting. The Bamboo nursing pads felt even more comfortable to me, and I am sure this is a personal preference but I preferred the kinds that were a bit thicker as they seemed to offer more protection. While you will find them more expensive that the disposable pads, they are totally reusable. I have used mine for all three kids and they sustained the heavy use without decreasing in quality!

We would love to hear from you – please share your tips and advice on how to care of your breast when breastfeeding!

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