You might think that there’s nothing much to do about breast hygiene; yet it matters a lot for you and for your baby since it’s the only source of food for him in the beginning. That’s where breast hygiene comes in to guarantee your breasts stay health and ensure good milk production; and for your baby as well.
Maintaining Clean Breasts
During your pregnancy you’ll notice changes in your breasts; they’ll get bigger, your nipples will get darker and larger. Also, there might be cracks, but don’t worry with proper carry you can lessen these effects. Wash your nipples daily starting from your fifth month as your breasts might start secreting viscous fluids that forms a crust around the nipples. So, wipe them with a clean cloth daily to avoid dampness, but avoid using soap as it causes dryness; a good option is applying petroleum jelly products to keep it soft.
During your shower try to pull your nipples a bit this will ease milk production after birth, also massage your breasts to improve blood circulation and also try wearing a bra to provide the support needed for your breasts and avoid ones with under wires.
Taking Care of Other Stuff
Hygiene isn’t the only thing you should worry about also take care of your emotional health by avoiding stress as much as possible or any other disturbance as it affects your milk production. And also following a healthy diet rich in iron and protein with vitamins and calcium.
After Delivery Care
Washing your breasts before feeding is important in case you use any ointments on that might be harmful for your baby. Also, wash them after breastfeeding with water to get rid of any saliva or milk left and allow it to air dry. Also, wear cotton bras to allow breasts to breathe and avoid any bacterial infection. If you use nursing pads make sure to frequently change them to avoid infection and mastitis. As it was mentioned above don’t use soaps, alcohol or lotions on your nipple area so they don’t dry and crack.
All these precautions can help you reduce any pain that can occur, yet expect to feel breast soreness or tenderness which is something to blame on the hormones. So, with the help of these tips you can stay away from other causes of breasts discomfort during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.