Over the years, medical research has shown that infants are susceptible to any drugs ingested by a breastfeeding mother. Almost any drug can pass through mum’s system and secrete into the breast milk, which can obviously be a health risk for baby.
If you are affected by breastfeeding discomfort and pain, you may feel at a loss of what to do to get some relief. There are a number of simple remedies for breastfeeding discomfort that won’t require you taking any medication.
For sore nipples
- Make sure your infant in a proper breastfeeding position, so he is grasping the nipple properly and not pulling at it. This well ensure more milk for him and less pain for you.
- Expose your breasts to fresh air between feedings. Leave your bra unsnapped for 10 to 15 minutes after feedings, and try wearing unwired nursing bras for more overall relief.
- Apply aloe vera or vitamin E to your sore spots after you’ve fed to soothe the area. Make sure there is no residue left before your baby’s next feeding.
- Avoid using hand pumps to pump breast milk. Electric pumps use less pressure on the nipples and will help relieve your soreness.
Remedies for breast engorgement on the next page…