Breastfeeding does not hurt in general, but in the first few days, when you and your baby are just beginning to get used to each other, it can be a bit painful.
It is essential to try to avoid some of the things that can cause you pain in breastfeeding and also get rid of the possible temptation to resort to powdered milk that does not have the same benefits for your baby’s development as breastfeeding.
Here are some self-care tips that can help you breastfeed your baby:
Breast attachment is the most important
Make sure the baby shapes his lips in the shape of the letter “K” because a lipstick placed on the areola will avoid compression.
If you are not sure the attachment is correct, try to reposition your breast in your child’s mouth and do not interrupt it because this can cause you pain.
Try a different position
Sometimes the position you are breastfeeding may be the cause of the pain because the baby can not correctly attach to the breast from the position you are in, so try several positions to see which is the most comfortable for both.
Breastfeeding from the better breast first
The baby will eat more aggressively when it hungers what can be painful for you if you have a sensitive nipple. Try to breastfeed it first from the breast that hurts the least and then just put it to the other breast.
Massage breast milk on the nipple
Breastfeeding is not miraculous just for the baby. If you have a cracked and painful nipple, massage the area using your milk after the baby has finished eating to help heal the nipple faster.
Massage your breasts
Because in the first few days of breastfeeding there may be blockages of the galactose channels through which milk flows, which can lead to the appearance of mastitis. Massage your breasts under the shower if you feel like nodules that do not disappear after feeding the baby.
Breastfeeding before the baby gets hungry
When your baby is starving, it eats more aggressively and is more likely to cause you pain. It resolves the pain with cold compression. If you have a sensitive areola, try to massage it with an ice cube before breastfeeding the baby to quench the area and make it easier for you to breastfeed.
Use natural oils
Olive oil and coconut oil can be used between breastfeeding to relieve discomfort and pain. You can also use an aloe vera gel to treat a sensitive areola, and the marigold cream not only reduces you from pain but also moisturizes your skin.
Do not wash your breasts with soap because it can excessively dry your skin and so accentuate the cracks. Try hot compresses with tea bags, as heat will relieve pain and tea tannin will encourage healing faster.