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Cracks, engorgement of the breasts ... how to relieve them?

Breast stretched and swollen, crevice on the nipple ... During breastfeeding, you may encounter more or less important problems that may disrupt the breast and cause you to suffer. Here's how to recognize them and, most importantly, how to relieve yourself.


A crevasse, why?

  • The crevasses, kind of chapped on the nipple or areola, usually occur at the beginning of breastfeeding. They are often due to a bad position of the baby who does not take well your breast in his mouth. As a result, he pinches the nipple or rubs the nipple on the bone of the palate and the crevice is created. The first thing to do if you notice a crack is to make sure your toddler is well positioned.
  • If you have made a habit of cleaning your nipples before and after feeding with cotton, this could also favor the appearance of a crevice. This gesture is not useful. Your breasts are "self-cleaning": on the nipple and areola are the Montgomery tubers that naturally secrete an antiseptic substance, a kind of protective film, which lubricates and cleans the breast.

How to treat crevices?

First of all, make sure your crevice is not infected especially if it is formed in the maternity, a universe where the germs can be more numerous. If you notice oozing, make an appointment with your doctor

If all goes well, two solutions:

  • Warm up in your fingers the equivalent of half a corn grain of purified lanolin and apply on your nipple before and after each feeding. It's safe for your baby.
  • Make "natural" dressings with a compress of gas that you soak with breast milk. Apply it on your nipple by adding a film of food so that it is occlusive. You just have to put it in your bra. With this method, it is essential to change the dressing after each feeding. Do not do it especially in case of infection.
  • Do not stop giving painful breastx to your baby because you could cause a waterlogging. If needed, use a breast pump for healing.

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