Sore Nipples… WOW I remember those. When I started nursing my nipples would be sore. Mainly because I never breast-fed before and the little guy was new to eating. I thought once he got a good latch the soreness would go away and sometimes it seemed like it did. Here are some things I did to help relieve the pain and what types of pain I was having.
Chapped Nipples – It seemed like the little guy lived on my boobs for the first 4 months of his life. When my nipples would get chapped I used nipple butter at first, mainly because it was a baby shower gift. But after joining a mommy support group one of the moms said how she used coconut oil. I thought that sounded weird but what the heck I needed relief. I went to the store and bought a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil. It worked fabulously, my nipples were softening up and I wasn’t worried about harmful chemicals on my skin or my little guy ingesting it.
Sore from Breastfeeding – Cool compresses worked wonders. If the hospital I was given 2 circular gel filled pads I could use to help elevate the soreness. When those wore out I went to the dollar store and bought 4 round kiddie ice packs. I put them in the fridge to make them cold because I didn’t want them to be frozen. On the plus side, I now have 4 ice packs for the kiddo when he falls and gets a bump.
Diet Changes – A friend suggested adding more citrus and vitamin C into my diet. So I ate more Kale, Broccoli (that made my little one have gas), oranges, lemons, pineapple and limes. Not sure if it helped or just helped to keep me healthy.
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