Home Remedies to Heal Sore Nipples Fast

Sore nipples is a condition usually faced by new mothers. The cracked and painful nipples make it difficult for woman to breastfeed their new born. Yeast infection can be a cause of this condition. When you want to stop feeding, if you pull and drag the baby off the breast, it might give you sore nipples. So instead, you must break the baby’s suction by putting the tip of your finger in the corner of the baby’s mouth and then take him off the breast, or pull the chin of the baby downwards before removing it from the breast.

Further, if you press your breast down with the finger by forming a big dent on the breast, in order to prevent the baby’s nose from getting blocked, the act of pressing the breast down will cause the nipple to project upwards and hit the roof of the baby’s mouth when it feeds. This hitting of the nipple on the hard palate will cause it to get sore. Instead of denting the breast in this fashion, place your fingers under the breast and raise it slightly so that any bulge of the breast that is there goes backwards and meets with the chest.

Soreness may also happen if the baby munches on the nipple instead of the areola, the dark are behind. Make sure the baby is latched on properly; by placing both the nipple and the areola well into the baby’s mouth. Soreness sometimes occurs if the nipples are frequently washed with soap. Water is sufficient to wash them. Pressure applied at the same point constantly can also lead to soreness. It therefore helps to change positions during a feed, and to adopt different positions for different feeds so that pressure is applied to different points on the breast.

Soreness may be caused by a baby sucking too long after the breast has been emptied. The baby takes approximately twenty minutes to sucking time to empty a breast; after that he only indulges in comfort sucking. Restrict comfort sucking. Soggy nipples, that is, nipples that remain wet for long periods, are more prone to soreness. It therefore helps to expose your nipples to air and sunlight as much as possible until the soreness heals. You can wear a loose garment without a bra.

Sometimes a sore nipple may bleed. There is no harm if the baby swallows tiny amounts of blood with the milk. This can be quite frightening, especially when the baby burps after a feed and, along with the curdled milk, brings up a little blood. However, this is harmless to the baby. Continue to treat your sore nipples and carry on feeding.

There may be a risk of infection on sore nipples if the baby has thrush that is white spots on the tongue that do not wipe away. Thrush must be treated medically. You can take the baby off the breast for a few feeds until the skin has healed. The milk can be expressed and fed to the baby from a cup. A nipple shield can be used. It is a rubber shield that fits over the nipples and areola and prevents direct suction on the nipple.

What if the Nipples are Flat or Inverted:

Earlier this was considered to be a problem. However, this is not considered to be a problem anymore because, as the baby’s gums come down on the areola, the dark area behind the nipple where the normal color of the skin and the dark color meet, the rest of the areola forms into the shape of a nipple as it gets milked between the baby’s tongue and palate (rof of the baby’s mouth). Milk squirts out of the tip of the nipple down the baby’s throat.

Home Remedies for Sore Nipples

Home Remedies for Sore Nipples:

1 # Basil Leaves Home Remedy:

How to:
Take a handful of basil leaves
Crush them to make a fine paste
Apply the paste on the nipples (affected area)
Please wash the area before every feeding session
Repeat these 2 to 3 times daily

2 # Aloe Vera Home Remedy:

How to:
Apply Aloe Vera gel on the affected area
Please do not forget to wash the area before every feeding session
To make Aloe Vera gel at home
Take one Aloe Vera leaf
Peel off the skin and extract the gel and apply

3 # Warm Compress:

How to:
Dip a clean cotton cloth in warm water
Place it on the affected area for few minutes
Do this for about 5 to 10 minutes before breast feeding
Try this 4 to 5 times daily

4 # Calendula Flowers:

How to:
Take a handful of calendula flowers
Crush them to make a fine paste
Apply the paste on the nipples (affected area)
Please wash the area before every feeding session
Repeat these 2 to 3 times daily
Make sure to clean your breast thoroughly before feeding.

5 # Cold Compress Home Remedy:
You can try using a cold compress on your nipples before feeding. You can wear a blotting paper on an ever-dry nappy liner inside the bra to keep the nipples dry.

How to:
Take a clean a towel or hanky
Wrap a few ice cubes in it
Apply this ice pack on the affected area for about 2 to 3 minutes
Repeat this 2 to 3 times daily

6 # Tea Tree Oil:

How to:
Take one glass of lukewarm water
Add two drops of tea tree oil to it
Dip a clean cotton cloth in warm water
Place it on the affected area for few minutes
Allow it to dry and rinse with lukewarm water
Repeat these 2 to 3 times daily

7 # Breast Milk:

How to:
Apply 2-3 drops of your own breast milk on the affected area before and after breast feeding.
Allow it to dry then repeat this to the another nipple
Try this 2 to 3 times daily

8 # Dry Corn Flour:

How to:
Avoid using creams on cracked nipples. Dry corn flour can be dusted on them instead. It is also very helpful to express some milk after a feed and rub it on the sore nipples where it should be left to dry. This quickens healing considerably. Avoid the use of water-proof-backed bra pads. Do not remove any crust appearing on the nipple. It is part of the healing process. Always offer the less sore side first. That will establish the flow on the sore side, before the baby takes it, thus making it less painful. You can use breathing for labor to be able to handle the pain.

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