As im packing my hospital bag now (for this coming tuesday, i know im so last minute!), I just want to share with you guys 1 of the many essential items you must have in your hospital bag if you plan to go on the journey of breastfeeding. It will protect your poor nipples and give you some relief should your nipples start to crack (or bleed) from the latching (or pumping). Know which product im talking about yet?
Its the Medela Purelan 100 😀
Made for eliminating and diminishing the pain with dry, sensitive and sore nipples during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.Recovers the natural skin oils, which are dry thanks to regular breastfeeding. It is also used for sensitive and dry baby skin, chapped skin, dry spots, etc. Contains: 100% ultra-clean lanolin. What i really like about it, is that it is safe and i dont have to wipe it off before breastfeeding! I used it alot when i was breastfeeding Charles. This was a total life saver when i had problems with low supply and had to do frequent pumps to increase my milk supply which caused my nipples to crack as i rarely gave them a break (latch, pump, latch, pump, latch…etc. you get the point). My nipples cracked and bleed or felt so sore to a point where just my shirt brushing against my nipples would have me contorting in pain. ): Luckily i had my trusted tube of relief and you should too!
What causes cracked nipples?
The main reason for cracked or bleeding nipples is an improper latch, which can also cause severe nipple pain. Correcting your nursing technique can go a long way toward letting cracked nipples heal. Sometimes just the slightest change in positioning will make a world of difference. A lactation consultant can help you figure out how to position your baby to get a better latch.
Using a breastpump improperly can also hurt or damage your nipples. Some women mistakenly turn the suction level up too high, for instance. To make matters worse, some pumps come with flanges (or breast shields) that are too small. Ask a lactation consultant to help you get set up with the right pump and the right size flanges and to show you how to use the pump correctly.
If your baby has thrush, a yeast infection in the mouth, he may pass it on to you, which will cause nipple pain or damage. Signs of thrush in breastfeeding include itchy, red, shiny, painful nipples and shooting pains in the breast during or after a feeding.
Your nipples could also crack or bleed because of severe dry skin or if you have eczema. Eczema can show up as scaly, red patches of skin that may be itchy or painful. If you think you have eczema, see a dermatologist.
Another possibility is that your baby may be tongue. This means that the tissue connecting his tongue to the floor of his mouth is short or extends too far to the front of his tongue. This can cause nursing problems, including sore nipples, but it can be easily fixed with minor surgery. Your practitioner or lactation consultant should examine your baby’s tongue to rule out this condition if your nipples are sore.
If you are still experiencing cracked or sore nipples despite good latching and proper pumping, it could just mean that your nipples are dry from the saliva and or still trying to get used to breastfeeding. Do not worry too much and just apply some medela purelan to sooth and relief the area.
You can purchase your Medela Purelan 100 from Mums & Babes.
visit any of their 2 outlets located at:
United Square Outlet
101 Thomson Rd, #02-28 United Square, S307591
Tel: 6252 7898 Operating hours : 11:00am – 9.00pm Sat and Sun 11.00am – 9.00pm
Secom Centre Outlet
81 Toh Guan Rd East #03-01 Secom Centre S608606
Tel: 6569 0329 Operating Hours: 9.00am-8.00pm Closed on Sunday
GIVE AWAY TIME!!
Mums & Babes have given me 5 tubes of Medela Purelan 100 (7g) for 5 of my lucky readers! 😀 To win yourself a tube of Medela Purelan 100, just follow the simple steps below!
1) Like and share this post on FB, with the words “I love Mums&Babes“.
2) Comment below the post on my website with the answer to this question:
(Q) Medela Purelan 100 is for soothing cracked and sore nipples, TRUE or FALSE?
Giveaway will end on 12th August 2015 at 12midnight, winners will be announced on the 15th of August.
*winners will be contacted by email.
Goodluck everyone and here’s to having the best care for our nipples!