In the early days of breastfeeding, your nipples may be tender. Because this part of the body is not usually exposed, nipples need lots of air and light to toughen. For the first few days, expose your nipples to air or light after each feeding. Allow some breast milk to dry on your nipples; it has lubricating and anti-infective properties. Always change nursing pads when they are wet. The book by Sallie Page-Goertz from the Breastfeeding Management Series titled, Nipple Trauma is an excellent reference on this topic. Sometimes breasts get swollen and hurt because of increased blood supply and the accumulation of milk. This condition is called "engorged breasts." Wearing a well-fitting bra, applying warmth using warm towels or taking warm showers to ease the milk flow, expressing some milk before feeding to relieve fullness, and nursing frequently to allow your breasts to empty will help. We have a wide selection of nursing and maternity bras available in our bras section.
Breastfeeding and Pregnancy
Don't rely on the old myth that you won't get pregnant because you are nursing! It's not always true. It may postpone the return of ovulation and menstruation, but ovulation can occur, so you and your partner should use precautions! Discuss birth control alternatives with your doctor.