Shape and size of breast and nipples is somethings that is going to change through pregnancy and because of that, they need a special care. Unusual things tend to happen such as an oily discharge from the nipples, milk leaking and more. In this new article, you will find all the information you need to know about nipple care during pregnancy and lactation.
1. Leaking Milk from Breasts: This is something really common during the first weeks after the baby is born. This is a sign your breasts telling you that you are at a perfect point to start breastfeeding and also that your breasts are full of milk. Something useful you could do is putting a piece of soft cloth or even a napkin right in front of the nipple, making this able to absorb that milk and preventing your clothes to get spoiled. You have to make sure you change this napkin or piece of cloth often, first reason would hygiene and the second one preventing the nipples from remaining wet. Otherwise these will become sore. Remember the optimal thing to do, is to keep your nipples clean, dry and ready for breastfeeding. If your nipple suddenly starts leaking milk you can stop this by pressing the nipple with your hand against the breast for about one minute.
2. Oily discharge from nipples: Often, you will see some kind of oily discharge coming out from the nipples during pregnancy and after the baby is born. Why is this? Surrounding the areola there are small glands, which will release small proportions of an oily material, the purpose of it is killing the germs in the skin from the area. This secretion is also really helpful in keeping the nipples supple. Things you don’t have to do, don’t clean the greasy secretion with soap, if you do, there is going to be a chance that the nipples might become sore as soon as the baby starts suckling on them. Cleaning with just water is more helpful and it will keep your nipples clean.
3. Flat or inverted nipples: In this case, it is recommended to press the areola between the thumb and the finger, this could have an effective chance of the nipple standing out. As soon as the nipples stands out, there baby will be completely able to feed without any difficulty. In many cases the shape of the nipple might be abnormal, but it will improve and develop as the pregnancy advances. The main reason to it, is the effect of hormones during this lapse.