Breastfeeding is a magical moment, of total surrender and that requires a lot of determination and desire from the woman to achieve it. In the first days it is not easy at all, first the milk that does not come fast or in sufficient quantity, second because of the pain even more when the nipple is not formed and third when we come across the nipple cracked and injured by the number of attempts and insistence to feed your child.
But contrary to what most women think the cracked nipple is not a common symptom of breastfeeding, but a sign that the handle is not being done correctly. In some cases there is even bleeding in the area due to cracks that are open, but bleeding can also occur even if the area is not painful. So if your baby regurgitates milk with a little blood, do not be alarmed, after all he may have sucked some of the blood and there is no harm in it because it left your chest. The best way to avoid cracked nipples is to get the baby to breastfeed and get the breast properly. The nipple should touch the soft palate of the baby’s mouth, which is the softest region of the roof of the mouth. If not, cracks start to appear. Another very common fact that generates the sores that are so painful in the breast is the baby is sucking instead of suckling or “chewing” the nipple, this process together with saliva causes the skin to break causing injuries.
In isolated cases, the skin of the breast may present dryness caused by several reasons and end up generating discomfort when breastfeeding. Also known as eczema or dermatitis , this region that has such delicate and thin skin can suffer due to contact with soap residues to wash clothes, perfumes and even have allergies to moisturizers or deodorants. In this case the best way out is to find out what is causing the allergy and suspend the use and to speed up the healing process, so that you do not interrupt breastfeeding, you can use appropriate ointments for the breast during breastfeeding.
In case of constant pain that may harm breastfeeding, a doctor should be sought to find out about possible candida in the nipple. It can happen that the baby gets an infection in the mouth called candida, also known as thrush, and passes it on to the mother’s nipple. The pain is very characteristic and the mother feels hooked from the back and a very strong burning sensation during breastfeeding and afterwards as well. To solve the problem, adequate treatment is necessary, including in some cases the ingestion of antibiotics, including the baby.
How to Treat Cracked Nipples?
The first step to resolve this issue is not to despair and not give up on breastfeeding right away, after all there is a solution to the situation. At first the best thing to do is to look for a doctor to check the breast, be it your obstetrician or your baby’s pediatrician or even the maternity where he was born where the way you are breastfeeding will be analyzed, so take the baby with you to the consultation. As we mentioned earlier, the incorrect way of breastfeeding can be responsible for the fissures, so good medical advice and learning to breastfeed correctly can be the solution you needed. Another very important recommendation is that you should not use hygiene products on your nipples during this breastfeeding phase, cleaning the area with just water is enough.
The best remedy for healing the area and to assist in this moment of breastfeeding adaptation is the exposure of the breast to the sunbath . At least 15 minutes of exposure helps a lot in healing, in addition to breast milk itself. Passing breast milk to the nipple before and after each feeding, makes the skin stay firm and away from cracks and if it already exists, it serves as a great healing remedy. The use of analgesic remedies should only be used under medical recommendation, since any type of medication during this phase will pass to the baby through breast milk. If in doubt about how to act, seek medical help.
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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.