8 tips to improving nipple health:

▪Massage your breast for a minute or two before feeding to help stimulate the milk flow.

▪If you have waited too long between feeds, or if your breasts are very full or firm, hand express some milk. This will make it easier for your baby to get the nipple and breast into the back of his throat.

▪When you are ready to feed, make sure he is positioned properly, his mouth is wide open and he is able to take in a large mouthful of breast.

▪After feeding, soak cotton wool pads and place them on your nipples, or use a spray bottle.

▪If your nipples are tender, express some breastmilk and rub this onto the nipples, as this can help promote healing.

▪For pain relief, use a nipple cream that contains lanolin on your nipples and surrounding areas.

▪Keep your bras and bra pads clean and dry.

▪Sunshine is an excellent healer. Sit with your nipples exposed to the sunlight for a few minutes every day (but avoid sunburn)

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