Breast Feeding Basics. Part 1

Women's Health |

Your decision to breastfeed is an excellent choice. To make yourself feel more confident, it is important to educate yourself on breastfeeding. There are many great books and videos listed in the books section of our website.

Preparing for Lactation
Very little is necessary in the way of preparation of your nipples for breast feeding. It is advisable to avoid soaps or lotions that may irritate or dry your nipples. Creams are also not recommended on the nipples while breast feeding, because there are tiny Montgomery Glands which secrete a natural lubrication. The Montgomery Glands are the rough and pimply area around the nipple. This natural secretion softens the skin around the nipple and is also thought to keep the area clean. This is why it is beneficial to stop using soap on the breast as it may cause increased dryness and will wash away this natural secretion.

Women have three types of nipples: common, flat and inverted. Most pregnant women ( 90-95%) have protruding or common nipples. Women with these types of nipples do not need any preparation.

A flat nipple does not stick out unless a woman is cold or sexually aroused. Pregnancy may assist in getting a “flat” nipple ready for feeding. With support and perseverance, infants can latch on to a flat nipple without great difficulty. During pregnancy, a breast shield may be worn to help the nipple protrude. the Hoffman Technique may be done along with the breast shields.

An inverted nipple appears with a slit or a fold in the nipple. To tell if you have an inverted nipple., you can take your forefinger and thumb and pinch the base of you nipple and if it retracts (shrinks back), it most likely is an inverted nipple.

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