NIP­PLE CARE

LEAVE THEM ALONE!

Your Pregnancy - - Pregnancy Files -

You don’t need to do any­thing to pre­pare your nip­ples for breast­feed­ing. Stay well away from the old wives’ ad­vice of “tough­en­ing” up your nip­ples by scrub­bing them with a tooth­brush or the like. You’re just go­ing to dam­age the skin, and there’s a risk that lots of nip­ple stim­u­la­tion can trig­ger early labour, which you want to avoid at all costs. You don’t need tough nip­ples for breast­feed­ing; you need sup­ple ones. So also don’t use harsh soap. Choose gen­tle mois­tur­is­ing prod­ucts. A nip­ple cream can’t do any dam­age. (It’s also good for the lips!) Some mid­wives say you can pre­pare your nip­ples by ex­pos­ing them to sun for a cou­ple of min­utes a day, but it’s not nec­es­sary.

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