Breast Self Exam
Diagnosis And Treatments
Bra Do'S & Dont'S
Maternity Bras & Nipple Care
While nursing, it is important to wear a bra that will give
proper support to your breasts, as they grow fuller and heavier
with milk. Without a proper maternity bra, the breasts tend to
sag. Also feeding the baby becomes unnecessarily complicated if
you are unable to quickly and completely put her to the breast.
An ordinary, properly fitting bra is enough during pregnancy.
But immediately after delivery, you need to buy good maternity
bras, which not only offer proper support but are convenient for
feeding i.e. which are either front opening or have flaps that
can be unfastened quickly.
bra that exposes the whole breast for feeding. If only
the nipples are exposed, there may be problems with
fitting should be just right
tight a fit can cause blocked milk ducts.
loose or improper support may cause sagging of the
and use a cotton bra which allows the skin to breathe
and prevents a build up of perspiration.
for a bra with nursing pads to absorb excess milk.
bras well and dry them in the sun for proper hygiene.
- Nipples vary in
sensitivity. Constant friction can make the nipples dry and
flaky while continual dampness from the dripping milk can make
them prone to fungal infections. You may find, that to avoid
soreness, you have to be extra careful throughout the
breast-feeding period, but in the majority of cases they adapt
sufficiently (after a few weeks of care) to look after
nipples with plain water, without using soap. Soap tends
to dry out the nipples even more.
Always blot off the water gently. Don't rub hard.
only with clean hands.
leaking nipples dry with nursing pads or bits of cotton
covered with muslin. Avoid plastic or synthetic pads as
these exclude air.
each feed dry the nipples in air.
not put cold cream or medicated cream on the nipples
unless recommended by your doctor.
Nipples have built in lubrication from tiny glands
around the areola. This is more effective and more hygienic
than any cream. Soap may remove this protection
not massage or scrub the nipples.
pull a suckling baby off the nipple. Wait till he stops
or pauses or insert a gentle finger in the corner of his
let the baby suck on the nipple itself but always on the
the first sign or soreness, adjust your position so that
a different part of the nipple takes the main stress.
give up feeding. If there is too much pain, feed the
baby from the other breast for a while.
the first sign of trouble consult your doctor