Politics aside -breastfeeding can hurt. For many reasons. 9 times out of 10 Moms aren’t pros when they first start breastfeeding their babies. But there’s a great deal of pressure to be a pro and if you aren’t then you’re failing at it. That’s just too much of a burden after going through months of pregnancy and then giving birth to a little human!!
Nipple care is an important factor when breastfeeding especially in the beginning. Because of baby’s latch or lack there of, Mom hasn’t quite found the right position, Mom is using harsh soaps -and many more reasons, the nipples can take quite a bit of torture. There’s also a great deal going on with your hormones that can effect nursing. No breastfeeding “isn’t supposed to hurt” but when it does, take care to implement comfort and healing measures so that you and baby can get back on track and enjoy bonding and intimacy.
There are a bunch of “remedies” out there for sore nipples. Many new Moms report that while getting the hang of breastfeeding their nipples become cracked, bleed, are be extremely sore etc. Most notably are NUK Care with Lanolin/Avocado and Boob Ease Natural Nipple Balm.
- Helps ease friction
- Soothes cracked/bleeding nipples
- Safe for mom and baby
- Over use can clog pores
Also, keep in mind that breast milk naturally heals the same injuries resulting from breastfeeding troubles. All you’d have to do is express a few or more drops of your own breast milk on the affected areas and let the liquid gold do it’s magic!