I recently became a mother and started breastfeeding my baby. While it has been a wonderful experience, I am also facing some challenges like engorgement and sore nipples. I am finding it difficult to manage these issues and need some advice on how to handle them.
For engorgement, I have tried hand expressing and warm compresses, but it hasn't provided much relief. As for sore nipples, I have been using a nipple cream, but the pain persists. I would really appreciate any tips or suggestions on how to manage these issues effectively and make my breastfeeding journey more comfortable.
I can completely understand the challenges that accompany the breastfeeding journey. And nipple soreness and engorgement are common issues that new moms face. One of the remedies that worked for me was using cabbage leaves for engorgement. Cabbage leaves have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and relieve pain. I would place chilled cabbage leaves on my breasts to reduce engorgement and found it to be very comforting.
Additionally, I would suggest trying nipple shields, especially if you have inverted nipples. Nipple shields can help your baby to latch correctly, which can reduce pain and discomfort in the nipples. However, be sure to get the right size, as ill-fitting shields can lead to further complications.
Finally, I would suggest experimenting with different breastfeeding positions to see which works best for you and your baby. Different positions can make it easier for your baby to latch and reduce discomfort for you.
Remember, with anything new, practice makes perfect, and it may take a little while to get the hang of breastfeeding. But don't give up hope, and do not be afraid to ask for help or support. The breastfeeding journey can be very rewarding once you and your baby have established a comfortable routine.