Breast milk is nature’s food for every baby. It is known that breast milk is not only easily digestible but most importantly boosts their immune system helping the baby grow and develop.
Babies nurse through nipples on the tip of the breasts. As the mother, therefore, you must maintain good daily personal hygiene for your baby’s and your health. Mothers who do not maintain good hygiene expose their babies to germs and when an infant suckles, there are high chances that they will get sick. It could result in fever, diarrhea, vomiting, developing a gaseous abdomen and loss of appetite by the baby.
It is very important that the mother washes her breasts and nipples properly every day. It is sufficient to wash with plain water during the daily bath. Avoid using any strong soaps or body washes, as the strong chemicals can dry the skin in this area, robbing it of its natural moisture. If at all required, use mild soap or body wash while cleaning your breasts and nipples. This will help keep various diseases and infections at bay.
Keep perfumes, deodorants, powders, baby wipes and body lotions away from your nipples. They can cause irritation and dryness of the skin around the nipples. The Montgomery glands present in the nipples secrete natural oils which lubricates the nipples.
Further, you must change your bra and breast pads, in case of any milk spills as this may cause a yeast infection and may even cause mastitis – a severe inflammation of the breast tissue.
In case of sore or cracked nipples, apply a lanolin based nipple cream, which is safe for babies. Just ensure you gently wipe the nipples with a soft cotton cloth and water before breastfeeding your baby.
In case any complications arise during breastfeeding, do reach out to a Lactation consultant for help immediately. Also staying in touch with other breastfeeding mothers can help you learn from their experiences.
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