Post # 1
A little embarrassing…
I keep reading about nipples being cracked and dry from breastfeeding. I am not pregnant yet, but hope to soon be. Can I prepare my already sensitive and very dry nipples prior to trying to breastfeed? And what is safe to use?
Post # 3
ouch! 🙁 I’m no where near preggo yet. But I wonder if you can just breast pump your milk into bottles to feed your precious baby :). I heard breast pumps can hurt as well, but less dryness.
Post # 4
I’ve never had kids, but I’ve heard bag balm helps. It’s what they put on cows udders to keep them from getting dry and cracking. Same thing, right?
Post # 5
You don’t need to prep your nipples or breasts for breastfeeding – this is a very common misconception though. I HIGHLY recommend a book called So THAT’S What They’re For for anyone thinking about or wanting to breast feed. The Le Leche League also has some great information (although they are pretty hard core about bf-ing, so don’t let that scare you away).
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
I can tell you that you can’t do too much to “prepare” your skin for all the changes that pregnancy throws at it. Using belly oil/cocoa butter has kept the stretch marks away for me… and I’ve never been a person who used body lotion ever before.
The cracking fun doesn’t arrive until the baby latches on… and you really have no idea what will happen until then. The stars could align and everything could be great from day 1… or not. So sadly, no preparation will fight against bitten/cracked nipples if that’s what your baby gives you. 😉
Post # 7
For medical reasons, my older daughter couldn’t nurse, so I pumped with her for six months. And I nursed my younger daughter for eight months.
Achy, burny, cracky, chapped. It feels like your entire boob is bruised, or on fire, or going to fall off. AND ROCK HARD!! Any type of pain you can imagine, it’s there. HOWEVER, hang in there, bc after a week or so, it gets so much better. Your nipples will feel like leather, but once you break the boobies in, it’s fine.
You can use lanolin, Aquafor, and I used Balmex. My favorite thing was the CO Bigelow Rosebud Salve, but it’s not so cost effective. I also really like olive oil to moisturize. But it fely great. I’m hoping to get preggers by March, so I’ve just been paying a little extra attention when I moisturize. When you are actually pregnant, and your boobies are getting bigger, yiu should probably twist the nipples and play with them and keep moisturizing. It will help. And keep them clean too, bc you don’t want clogged ducts!
Okay that’s a lot of info, but I think nursing is really rewarding if the baby will tolerate it, and it sucks at first, but it does get better!!
Post # 8
There isn’t really too much you can do to “prepare” your nipple. I would recommend investing in a good suplly of Lanolin for while you are breast feeding. As far as questions about pumping- it is an option that many women use when they go back to work, but it is not as effective at emptying the breast of milk and can cause a decrease in milk supply.
Breastfeeding is not easy in the begining, if you have any other questions now or when the time comes, please feel free to PM me.
Post # 9
I really felt like when I had my second daughter, the aggresive moisturizing (ie tweaking, roughing them up) helped prepare me for the initial couple of days of the baby trying to latch on!
Post # 10
I am just imagining my husband’s face when he comes home from work to find me “roughing up” my nipples!
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2018 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000
Did you know at one point in time they encouraged women to run SANDPAPER across their nipples to prepare for breastfeeding? So grateful I’m not pregnant during that time period!
Post # 12
Oh my Avocado! That just hurts to read it. I am preggie now with our first so I have no experience but I have seen my sister be in pain. If you really want to BF the baby, you just have to stick with it.