If you are breastfeeding your baby, the chances are your nipples will become sore at some point.
Instead of buying expensive nipple cream from the chemist, or struggling on with tender breasts, the following home help for sore nipples can be a great way to alleviate the discomfort.
Help for sore nipples can come in the form of Olive oil. Gently applying olive oil to your nipples can be a good way to help moisturise the cracks and chapping caused by breastfeeding. It can be a good idea to dap olive oil on your nipples during the latter stages of pregnancy to help give them additional moisture in preparation for breastfeeding.
If your nipples are particularly sensitive, applying comfrey ointment to them can help soften and strengthen the skin, making breastfeeding considerably easier.
Use a cool compress
Place an ice-cube in a damp, cold flannel and gently press it onto you sore nipples and it will bring instant help for sore nipples. Use a cool compress before you feed your baby as it will help alleviate the discomfort as your baby suckles.
Similar to comfrey ointment, calendula cream can be a useful substance in treating dry, cracked and sore nipples. Apply the calendula cream as soon as your finish feeding. If you do apply any creams or ointments to your nipples, always make sure you clean them before your baby’s next feed to avoid your little one consuming any of the substance.
For particularly painful breasts, simmer a handful of elderberry blossoms in ½ cup of olive oil for approximately 20 minutes. When it is cool strain the mixture and gently apply in onto the breasts after feeding.
Note: This does not reflect official medical advice. Please seek professional medical advie in the first instance.