27: Can I Prevent My Nipples From Becoming Sore?
Sore nipples in the first few days may be a result of your baby nursing too long on one breast. There is no advantage to allowing your baby to nurse in the first few days for an extended period without a break.
We recommend starting slow: 4 5 minutes on each breast. Some babies will play at the breast. This will not cause you any irritation. If your baby nurses 4 5 minutes on each breast and wants to nurse more, place him/her back on the first breast again. This time, change the position you hold your baby in relation to your nipple.
Rotating positions at the breast will help lessen irritation to your nipples. This will also stimulate more even milk production and lessen engorgement, making you more comfortable.
Your baby should have as much of the dark area around your nipple (areola) in his/her mouth when nursing. Do not let your baby suck only on your nipple, as this may cause soreness and blistering. If you are having any problem getting your baby to place the dark area around your breast in his/her mouth, please ask for help.
Avoid using soap on your nipples. This may cause excessive dryness and irritation. Hydrous lanolin can be applied to your nipples. This will help your nipples from becoming too dry. Rub the cream in gently after nursing. It is not necessary to wipe the cream off before a nursing. It will not hurt your baby.
When possible, exposing your nipples to air will help to lessen soreness and drying out of your nipples. When using breast pads, avoid those which are plastic-lined, as these limit air circulation. When taking a shower, protect your nipples from the spray.
If your nipples should become sore or cracked, please let us know. There are several ways to help you continue nursing and also help lessen the soreness.
Take your time and relax. You are preparing for a long and enjoyable experience with your baby.
28: Protecting Your Child's Health
We all want happy and healthy children. That takes thought and effort every day.
Most of us have learned to be very careful in our homes. We lock away harmful substances. We keep hot irons and pots and pans out of reach. We cover electrical outlets and sharp table corners. The water heater is set no higher than 130°F. You can think of many other things that you do to protect your children at home.
Sometimes, however, we leave our caution at the front door... or in the garage!
In the rush of transporting ourselves and our children from place to place in this busy world, many of us neglect to protect our children from the number one preventable cause of death for young children: Injuries suffered while riding in cars.
Each year, more than 70,000 children under the age of 5 years are reported as injured... and 850 children die because they are not protected by child car safety seats or seat belts.