Coconut Oil for Cracked Nipples & Pain

Coconut oil for nipple pain

Cracked nipples is a very common breast problem among nursing mothers and can make breastfeeding painful and uncomfortable. Most often it is caused by incorrect breastfeeding position, poor latching on by the baby, improper drying of the nipples after feeding, or overuse of the same breast to feed the baby.

There are other conditions such as inverted nipples, dry skin, eczema, nipple thrush and incorrect use of the breast pump, which can contribute to cracked nipples; as well as a candidiasis infection in the baby’s mouth, known as oral thrush.

If you want to know a little bit about how to relieve nipple soreness while breastfeeding, this article offers you a very good home remedy i.e. application of coconut oil for cracked nipples and pain.

Coconut Oil for Cracked Nipples

Breastfeeding your baby can cause cracks and dryness. In this case, it is advisable to apply coconut oil to your nipples. Coconut oil has many healing benefits, including the hydration it provides to the skin. This property is very good for relieving nipple pain and cracked nipples.

Most cracked nipple creams use its properties as a nipple shield. It is rich in vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant that prevents premature skin aging. It also contains proteins that are capable of repairing skin tissues.

Also read: Coconut oil for breast tightening

Aloe Vera for Nipple Soreness/Pain

Most of the plants in raw form are medicinal and very good for health; especially face and skin. And among them Aloe Vera, a plant without a short stem that is filled inside with a kind of viscous gelatin is a good home remedy for nipple pain.

Aloe vera is rich in vitamins A,B and C, Minerals, Amino Acids, Antioxidants. It is known to regenerate the skin. Its use can help you with nipple cracks. But using it pure can be a little uncomfortable for your baby, because it contains a peculiar smell. So make sure to clean your nipples with warm water before every feed.

Before giving birth, you can moisturize them with pure Aloe Vera or natural oils, either coconut or almond. By applying a little bit before bedtime, you will prepare your nipples for the changes that are going to take place.

Also read: Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Cracked Nipples

Other Home Remedies for Cracked Nipples & Pain:

(1) Properly breastfeeding: It is important to make sure that almost your entire areola and nipple are in the baby’s mouth. Also hold the baby in a comfortable position and change breasts at every feeding.

(2) Use only water to clean your nipples and let them air dry for a while, every day. After each feeding, apply some breast milk to your nipples and let them air dry.

(3) Place ice on the nipples to reduce pain.

(4) Apply calendula cream or ointment on the nipples after each meal and don’t forget to wash before the next meal.

(5) Application of a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice during pregnancy will help to prevent cracking of the nipples. Remember that, it is highly recommended to massage your breasts with sweet almond oil or Shea Butter in order to prepare the nipples for breastfeeding.

Author: Nilam

Nilam Author

This article has been written by Nilam Mehta and she is one of the owner of this site/blog.

Nilam has worked in Pharmaceutical industry and have studied – Lifestyle Medicine from Doane University; Science of Exercise from University of Colorado Boulder. She believes that many of health problems can be cured naturally.

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