5 Jan 2023 | 3 min Read
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Cracked nipples affect most breastfeeding mums. Cracked nipples can be extremly painful and can even lead to other complications like mastitis, and engorgement. But knowing how to properly care for cracked nipples can provide you relief and prevent further complications.
Here’s all that you need to know about how to properly care for cracked nipples.
Cracked nipples even though it is temporary, can be incredibly painful. It can happen to either one or both breasts and causes the nipple to be sore, chaffed, red and dry. Some of the causes of cracked nipples are:
This usually happens when your baby is learning to breastfeed, they might suck on your nipple instead of having the whole areola in their mouth and this can cause injury to your nipples.
Breast problems like swollen breasts, engorged breasts and inverted or flat nipples can make it difficult for your baby to latch properly. This can cause your nipples to bleed or crack.
It’s common for pregnant women to develop eczema or dry skin. This can cause the nipples to crack and cause itchiness.
Thrush causes the nipple to become painful, itchy and red. It can sometimes cause the nipples to crack.
If you use the breast pump incorrectly then there are chances of your nipples getting hurt, bleeding and causing cracks.
Firstly, it’s important to maintain hygiene before and after breastfeeding to avoid any infections, as bacteria can enter cracked, skin. Wash your hands before and after touching your cracked nipples. Some easy ways to properly care for cracked nipples are:
While cracked nipples are a common problem with breastfeeding mums, if it is accompanied by inflammation, pus, blister or fever, ask your doctor for advice.
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