The time of the feed is a source of enormous well-being for the baby who, through contact with the mother, sees all his needs satisfied, while in fact he also satisfies his needs of protection and human warmth and tightens the mother / child bond
Even for the mother breastfeeding is, or at least should be, a moment of pleasure and relaxation, thanks to the oxytocin the body releases as a result of the baby’s suction stimulus, but sometimes unfortunately it is not so.
During breastfeeding in fact various problems can arise, including breast fissures which prevent or they hinder a peaceful and pleasant approach at the time of feeding.
What are fissures?
The fissures are cracks or wounds that can be more or less serious and deep and that affect the nipple and areola area.
Precisely because of the pain that these excoriations cause, sometimes they lead the mother to prolong excessively the time she spends between one feeding and another, with the risk of causing a mastitis or not ensuring the baby the amount of milk needed
Is it possible to prevent its appearance?
In most cases the appearance of fissures on the breast is due to an incorrect attack by the baby during feeding and this occurs mainly during the first days of life of the baby, many times even during the hospital stay after childbirth
In these cases a good assessment by obstetric staff can be useful, if not decisive, to prevent the problem. A correct position during breastfeeding in fact, with the baby’s nose at the height of the nipple and the mouth well open to grasp part of the areola, is the best prevention against the appearance of fissures.
Even the use of a pure cotton bra without laces and breathable, will help prevent this discomfort by keeping the nipples dry between one suck and the other and fighting the stagnation of bacteria and microorganisms. In fact, remember that it is not recommended to wash the area at each feeding since the excessive use of detergents could change the natural ph of the skin, weakening it.
It is also useful for let the nipples rest alternating the breast with each feeding. In this way the baby will drain both breasts, preventing the stagnation of bacteria and the appearance of fissures and mastitis.
The best thing is prevention, so try to treat the breast during breastfeeding .
How can we alleviate the symptoms and promote the healing of fissures?
Proper prevention does not completely eliminate the risk, even if the first bruises have appeared, we do not expect the phenomenon to worsen, but we run for cover as soon as possible , so:
- in front of the appearance of the first fissures the first thing to do is to make sure that the nipples are always dry between a suck and the other. If necessary, let the breasts dry in the air a few minutes after the shower, before dressing
- a good remedy to heal wounds can be to spread a few drops of breast milk on the nipples, after each feeding, and let it dry.
- attention to the use of absorbent coppats because they can create a damp environment that prevents circulation and aggravates wounds.