Ways to Relieve Itchy Breasts/ Nipples during Pre & Post Pregnancy
A lot of new moms might expect breastfeeding to be a very easy and natural process, but to your surprise, it’s not! Breastfeeding is a very emotional feeling and comes with as a roller coaster ride. While as a new mom your hormones might rush you with the motherhood feeling where you feel all protected for your little one and want to love the tiny member to bits but mastering the art of breastfeeding would require time, patience, and skill.
There might be times when the child may not want to take the feed or times when you may experience leakage. But one of the most common problems that mothers face during breastfeeding is itchy breasts & nipples.
What causes itchiness during pregnancy & breastfeeding?
The body goes through a lot of hormonal changes that result in itchy skin, not just around your breasts and nipple area but all over the body too. Another reason for itchy & dry skin is because your body grows and the stretch in the skin results in dry, itchy skin with stretch marks. While itchiness is totally normal and it can be treated with special medicated skincare products & home remedies; if it turns into a rash it needs immediate attention of a doctor.
How to relieve itchy breasts/nipples?
1. Breast Oil
Use breast oil that is made of natural ingredients like moringa oil, almond oil, argan oil, jojoba oil- these are best known for their moisturizing properties. It also helps to repair the skin cells and promotes healing.
2. Nipple Butter
Nipple butter is great for sore and itchy nipples. They come as saviours especially when you’re breastfeeding. It soothes sore & cracked nipples and makes the feeding process easier. Pick one that is free from toxin, harmful chemicals, paraben, and sulphate. Nipple butter made of organic ingredients can help provide instant relief and will be safe for both you & your baby.
3. Cotton Bras
A bra is the closest piece of fabric on your skin and which is why it needs special attention. Pick only cotton bras that are both comfortable and breathable. After delivery, choose cotton maternity bras that let you feed your baby easily and keep you comfortable.
4. Loose Clothing
During & after pregnancy, you will have to bring a huge change to your wardrobe. Choose those fitted tops and loose tees and remember that clothes play a major role in comfort.
5. Avoid Scratching
One might get really tempted to scratch the skin to soothe the itchiness but this will only worsen the condition. Scratching sore nipples and breasts might make them even tender and give you a painful experience.
6. No Hot Showers
While hot showers can be a real stress reliever but not when you have dry, sensitive, and sore skin. Hot water will only increase the dryness and cause your breasts and nipples to itch more.
We hope these tips help you ease that pain and give you comfort from itchy & sore breasts. This would be a temporary phase and will subside with time. Meanwhile, you need to take good care of yourself and your baby.
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