Prepare the breast to avoid pain and cracking while breastfeeding

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Laís Peterlini
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THE breast-feeding It is an important moment not only for the exchange of affection between mother and baby, as well as the benefits that breast milk provides for the child. One of the concerns of pregnant women, especially the first time, is on the care they must have her breasts to be ready for breastfeeding. The obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Erica Mantelli gives tips and clarifies what really should be done.

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Stimulating the nozzle

If the obstetrician diagnose the pregnant woman's nipple is flat or inverted, it is stated that she Massage holding it between thumb and index finger with light rotational movements to the left and right. "Another option in this case is to use a bra with a small hole just to the nipple stand out, stimulating their education," says Erica.


To help the nipple and areola to be more resistant and, therefore, decrease the chance of cracks and bruises, it is indicated that the mother sunbathe frequently during pregnancy. With the use of sunscreen 15 minutes of sun exposure before 10am or after 16h is enough. According to the gynecologist and obstetrician, the light bath can also be done with a 40 watt bulb at a distance of 15 cm of skin.

proper bra

"Since pregnancy a woman needs to adapt to the new bra size and weight of the breasts to avoid pain in the shoulders, breasts and stretch marks," says Erica. Lactating breasts can become even larger and heavier, so the use of a bra with good support is indicated, handles more drop and easy to open.

Moisturizing lotion

During pregnancy and breastfeeding women can use moisturizing lotion just in the breasts, avoiding the areola and nipple. "Hydration leaves the skin is thinner, more susceptible to cracks and injuries, so the area of ​​the nipples and areolas should be avoided", highlights the gynecologist and obstetrician.


At the time of breast-feeding mother should wash their hands and to the hygiene of the nipple and areola with a cotton soaked in water. It is important that the baby is positioned correctly and that the mother be sure that baby's mouth could cover the entire nipple and areola. "Breastfeeding may even be a little uncomfortable at first, but it should not hurt and be an inconvenience," says Erica. The doctor points out that if the chest is hurting, presenting bruises, bleeding or milk production is insufficient, the ideal is that the mother see your doctor as soon as possible.


According to the gynecologist and obstetrician, the use of plant plugs for a light exfoliation of the nipple and areola should be made only if recommended by the doctor because excessive exfoliation can take the natural protection of the skin and damage the breasts.

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