Breastfeeding, although a natural function, is often a learned skill.
Just like walking which is another human natural function, breastfeeding requires time, patience and perseverance to be mastered. Nipple discomfort, soreness, pain and bleeding are often associated with the first few weeks of breastfeeding and many of the affected mothers will discontinue breastfeeding by the third week of their child’s life. In fact, nipple pain is the top reason mothers discontinue breastfeeding during the first weeks of their baby’s life.
Professional lactation support can help initiate and continue breastfeeding and it is important to participate in a class, usually offered by local hospitals or birthing centers, that focuses on breastfeeding education prior to your baby’s birth.
There are a many factors that can lead to sore, cracked and bleeding nipples and it is important to seek professional guidance when the pain becomes unbearable. It is equally important to start treating the wounds before they become too painful and prevent you from breastfeeding or even pumping breast-milk.
Most Common Reasons for Nipple Pain During Breastfeeding
Nipples are a sensitive part of our bodies and are not used to the amount of stress they are subject to after the birth of a child.
This is usually recognized as a discomfort or soreness that subsides after the first 30 to 60 seconds of a breastfeeding session and eases up considerably after the milk lets down and flows freely. The “normal” nipple pain is expected to peak around day 4 or 5 and eases slowly after that with most women being pain free by the time their baby is 2 weeks old.
Baby’s Positioning at the Breast
Although some babies seem to come into the world already knowing how to latch on and breastfeed correctly, for most mothers and babies it is a learning process.
If the baby’s position during a breastfeeding session is not optimal the pain might persist throughout the entire feeding or even in-between feedings. It is imperative that you seek help from a Certified Lactation Consultant or a Health Care Provider that is knowledgeable in breastfeeding in order to identify and correct the problem.
Not only does the mother need to learn the ropes of breastfeeding, so does her offspring. Remember, this is a learning process for both mother and child. With every feeding the baby and mother will learn what works best for them and will become more effective at breastfeeding. As the baby grows, his/her mouth will be able to open wider, hold in more of the areola and suck more efficiently.
How to Prevent and Ease Nipple Pain with Amorini – Silver Nipple Soothers™
Silver has been used in medicine as a natural antibiotic since before the discovery of engineered antibiotics and its uses in modern medicine are extensive. From Silver enforced bandages and creams for wound healing support, to Silver medical instruments in the operating room and Silver coated breathing devices, Silver has been trusted by medical professionals to help prevent infections and speed the healing process in wounds and burns.
Popular in Italy and throughout Europe, these Silver nipple cups have been helping mothers breastfeed pain-free for decades and only recently they have been made available to mothers in North American with Amorini Silver Nipple Soothers™
Uses of the Amorini Silver Nipple SoothersTM:
Prevent Soreness And Cracking from Occurring
Start using the Amorini Silver Nipple Soothers™ soon after the first breastfeeding session. Allow for a drop or two of milk to pull into the Silver cups. This will help maintain moisture on the skin and prevent it from cracking.
Insert the cups between your nipple and the bra after each feeding session in order to maintain moisture on the nipples and to protect them from chaffing on garments.
Speed The Healing Process For Cracked and Bleeding Nipples
Scientists have found that Silver has the ability to interrupt the bacterial cells from forming the links necessary to their survival and growth.
Using the Silver Nipple Soothers on already damaged nipples will help prevent bacterial and viral infections from occurring and will help speed the healing process.
Although there are many challenges for breastfeeding mothers, experts agree that nipple pain, infection, and irritation are the most problematic. Unlike other remedies like lanoline creams, balms and ointments, Amorini Silver Nipple Soothers™ leave no residue on the skin, they are completely reusable, and if properly cleaned, they can be passed on to another mother when you no longer need them. They are 100% natural (made of 925 ‰ Silver), easy to use, and are helping mothers all over the world to breastfeed successfully. They also make for a unique Baby Shower gift for mother’s who are expecting.