You have been anticipating your baby's birth for the last nine months and you have been dreaming about seeing his sweet little face your entire life. As a girl you practiced motherhood on your doll. You changed her, you fed her and prepared her bottle with extreme diligence. Nothing could have prepared you for the pain and agony of breastfeeding. Sore nipples can make feeding your baby a dreaded nightmare. Some people give up on breastfeeding because they cannot endure the pain of sore nipples. And with baby formula as a safe and healthy alternative, who could blame them? But many women are committed to the process of breastfeeding. It is the natural way, it connects you to your baby in a way that no other can duplicate. Not only does it connect you to your baby, but it connects to your mother and your mother's mother and all of womankind since the dawn of woman. Giving your baby nourishment from your body is beautiful. For those who stick with it, there are ways to alleviate the pain of sore nipples.
Lansinoh is a product that is like chap stick for sore nipples. It comes in a tube and has a consistency of a thick ointment. This helps to sooth cracked and sore nipples and is safe for your baby to ingest.
Sometimes sore nipples make breastfeeding too painful to bear. If you are committed to breastfeeding, you can use a breast pump, feed your breast milk to your baby via the bottle for every other feeding while you continue to do some breastfeeding. This gives your sore nipples a much needed break and a chance to heal.
Consider that your baby may not be latching onto your nipples correctly, which can cause extremely sore nipples. To be sure, you can talk with a lactation consultant, a nurse who specializes in breastfeeding. She will help you and your baby find the right way to breastfeed.
There is also the option of treating sore nipples with over the counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Be sure to check with your doctor to determine what is safe for your baby because much of what you ingest is secreted in your breast milk and passed through to your baby.
Another thing that is helpful is leaving your shirt and bra off to allow your sore nipples the luxury of air exposure. Make sure that you keep your nipples clean so as not to breed infection.
Your baby's infancy is a great treasure that should be cherished. Only a mother appreciates the pains that she endured in child birth, and the sacrifice of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding allows you to continue to share your body with your baby beyond pregnancy. Motherhood is not easy, it is mixed with pain and love, pain and love, and pain and love. Sore nipples is a perfect metaphor for this maternal condition.