Breastfeeding a baby gives a child the best possible start in life. As well as being a complete source of nutrition for infants, breast milk also contains antibodies that help protect infants from a wide range of bacteria and viruses. This means that breastfed babies tend to enjoy better health than bottle fed babies.
For the mother, breastfeeding helps with post pregnancy weight loss and provides a great opportunity for a new mum to bond with her child.
Whilst there are many great reasons for a woman to breastfeed, some women find that their breasts become so sore that they feel they have no choice but to stop.
Here are a few tips to help relieve painful, sore breasts and nipples so that you can continue to breastfeed until you and your baby are ready to stop.
Tips to prevent cracked nipples and sore breasts
Try sunbathing topless. This sounds a little odd, but many women who sunbathe topless for a few minutes, a few times a week in the run up to giving birth find that their skin is not so susceptable to getting cracked. Obviously though, you should use SPF cream and not overdo it. And of course, ensure that when it comes to feeding your baby you have washed off any SPF or creams you may have used on your skin.
Consult your GP if you experience any of the following symptoms fever, aches, overfull breasts, redness, sores or pains in a specific area on the breast.
If you have any more questions or concerns about breastfeeding, call the National Breastfeeding Helpline if 0844 20 909 20 to speak to a trained volunteer about breastfeeding. Alternatively, go to www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk.
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