Chamomile can help bring great relief from the discomforts associated with sore nipples. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties help treat the problem.
- Steep one or two chamomile tea bags in hot water for 10 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and squeeze out the excess water.
- Apply the moist tea bags to the nipples or other sore areas of the breast for several minutes.
- Before breastfeeding, wash the area with lukewarm water.
You can also drink chamomile tea twice daily to promote healing.
10. Vitamin C
For healthy breasts, a healthy diet is a must. Especially, you must eat more vitamin C-rich foods. Vitamin C helps heal damaged skin tissues. Plus, it can help prevent infection effectively.
- To increase your vitamin C intake, eat foods like oranges, limes, lemons, kiwis, guavas, papaya, strawberries, kale, mustard greens, broccoli and parsley.
- You can also take vitamin C supplements after consulting a doctor.
- Avoid washing your nipples with soap, alcohol or petroleum-based products.
- Nipples should be exposed to air as much as possible.
- Relax before and during feeding and never pull away when your baby is feeding.
- Feed frequently to avoid your hungry baby biting down hard on the nipple.
- Try to feed your baby on both breasts at each feeding. It will aid the healing process.
- Change positions often during breastfeeding to avoid constant pressure on one area.
- Make sure your baby is positioned and latched properly. Also, the baby must suck properly.
- During feeding, make sure your baby’s jaws exert pressure on the least tender spots.
- After breastfeeding, leave your bra off for a while.
- Make sure not to wear a bra that is too tight.
- Use plastic dome-shaped breast shells to protect your nipples from rubbing or friction.
- If using breast pads, try to keep them dry and change them often.
- When exercising, wear a properly fitting sports bra.
Be sure to consult your doctor right away if you notice any kind of discharge or discomfort that lasts for more than a week.