Becoming a mother means accepting that several changes will occur in your life. Changes in several aspects, primarily in the routine, in the way of living, in facing the world from a new perspective and mainly the physical changes. From the growth of the belly to small things like a crack in the breast , these changes are also the result of a totally different life, but they need certain care not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because they interfere with a woman’s health.
Cracking the breast is a common problem for breastfeeding women, especially those who are doing it for the first time. The main problems are the pains that the woman suffers not only when breastfeeding, but also because of the sensitivity in the nipples and also the concern that many have about whether or not it affects the baby when breastfeeding .
Why Does Breast Cracking Occur?
The main cause of cracked breasts and nipples is the wrong grip when breastfeeding the baby. This is because, at the time of breastfeeding, the nipple must be whole in the child’s mouth, deep inside.
If the baby does not have the nipple in the bottom of the mouth, these cracks may begin to appear, accompanied by pain. For the correct catch to occur, there are some things that a mother can do, for example:
- Touch the baby’s belly against yours at the time of breastfeeding.
- Changing the baby’s position constantly.
- Encourage the baby to put the entire mouth on the nipple.
In addition to the problem of the grip, a woman with very dry skin can also suffer from a crack in the breast when breastfeeding, and therefore, it is necessary that some care is taken.
How to Treat the Crack in the Breast?
The best way is to clean the breasts properly , starting at the time of the bath, washing the nipple properly and drying it without much force and, preferably, with a soft cloth towel, which does not irritate the skin very much.
Breast milk itself also helps to keep the nipples from drying out and is important to prevent cracking. Crack ointment, such as lanolin ointment (a substance that has effects similar to breast milk) can also be used in more severe cases, but it is necessary to have a controlled routine so that no substance comes into direct contact with the baby.
Leaving your breasts exposed to the sun or outdoors for a while can also help make nipple cracks improve. It doesn’t take much time, about 15 minutes a day is enough for this improvement to take effect.
In addition, if the pain is very severe, you can take a painkiller, but always be aware of the contraindications of the drugs to see if this will interfere in any way with breastfeeding.
A visit to the doctor is also valid, especially if the home remedies are not working. A specialist can indicate exactly what is the best way to make the crack in the breast hurt less, by investigating the causes and indicating the best way to prevent it from happening anymore.
First, one must think about alternatives that do not affect the baby in any way, that is, that do not interfere with breastfeeding or cause problems with feeding. A visit to the doctor is sure to solve this problem and make you breastfeed without feeling any pain.
Can I breastfeed with the injured nipple?
The concern of many women is with the wounds that can eventually appear due to the crack in the breast. The concern is usually whether this affects the baby’s breastfeeding in any way.
The first thing that mothers should know is that a small amount of blood that may flow from a wound does not interfere in any way with breastfeeding and babies hardly ever notice.
It may be someone who vomits due to the contact of the blood with the fragile stomach, but it is still not necessary to be scared, it is common and the baby ends up getting used to it. The main thing to do is to take care of the nipple so that the wound heals as quickly as possible so that breastfeeding occurs in the best possible way.
Breastfeeding is one of the most connected moments between a mother and her child and, therefore, this must be a special moment, a moment when an act of love is taking place. Even though the pains caused by cracks in the breasts occur, the most recommended is that the woman treat this problem as soon as possible so that it does not become a hindrance when breastfeeding and so that this moment is permeated only by affection and bonding. unique and special that is the one between mother and baby.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.