Breastfeeding is natural for all mothers and most mothers always believe they will have an easy time with it.
However, it is not always as easy as it’s made to seem and most mothers struggle to get it right the first few hours or weeks after they deliver.
These struggles vary and range from insufficient milk production, getting a good latch, baby refusing to nurse, baby sleeping while nursing, cracked and bleeding nipples, breasts engorgement, baby preferring one breast to the other, or baby nursing for a very short period at each feeding.
Whatever the problem, it can be solved to put you on the road to having an enjoyable and memorable breastfeeding experience.
The first six weeks of breastfeeding is crucial as this is when your milk supply gets established. There are certain tips you can carry out to ensure you are successful in your breastfeeding.
15 Useful Tips for Success in Breastfeeding
8 - Use Natural Remedies to Heal Your Nipples
Cracked nipples sometimes take a considerable amount of time to heal and each time your baby nurses at it, you feel the pain so sharply it will practically move you to tears.
Some good ways to heal your bleeding nipples on time are:
- Apply breastmilk to it.
Breastmilk contains healing and antibacterial properties and is one of the best and fastest ways you can heal your cracked nipples. Apply a few drops to the nipple or let the nipples air-dry.
- Use a warm compress on the nipples 10-15 minutes before nursing.
- Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the affected nipples and let it air-dry for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and a dish cloth afterwards.
- Apply a cold compress to the nipples several times daily.
- Apply few drops of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water and, using a wash cloth, dab at the nipples several times daily. These oils have antiseptic and antifungal properties and are fast in producing result.