Although many mums worry about it, breastfeeding does not make breasts unattractive. Just take care of them properly choosing the appropriate underwear, cosmetics and products for lactation hygiene.
Here are some tips on how to take care of the breasts during breastfeeding:
use a nourishing, breast care cream, e.g. Pharmaceris, (avoid the nipple and areola) during pregnancy and after childbirth.
put a few drops of your own milk on sore nipples, it has soothing and antibacterial properties. You can also apply some lanolin containing ointment. The best ointments are those that need not be washed out before feeding. However, if you see that your child can not latch on, wash the nipple with warm water.
choose one that is comfortable and offers proper breast support. Wear it during the day and at night. The best bra should be cotton, breathable and not pressing your breasts, especially during sleep. It should come with flapped cups, into which you can easily slip breast pads. If you are using wired bras, remember that the wires must be broad enough to encompass the breast, rather than constrict it, as this can cause milk stasis and lead to breast inflammation.
protect your bra against soiling by milk expressed between feeding sessions. They should be thin and absorptive. Choose the pads that have an adhesive strip preventing their movements inside the bra. Replace the pads if you feel that they are wet, otherwise they can cause nipple irritation.
BUTTONED BLOUSES AND SHIRTS
allow for convenient feeding the child in all circumstances. Special breastfeeding blouses, such as Happy Mum (see the photo) are a very good idea. You can also wear a comfortable strap top under a non-buttoned blouse - you will not have to expose your belly while feeding and feel cold. At night you may want to have an extra buttoned nightgown in case the one you wear gets soiled with milk.
When breastfeeding beginnings are difficult
Do not be afraid of breastfeeding, ask the hospital staff or a lactation specialist for help. After leaving the hospital, you can use the support of a breastfeeding clinic. Information about the clinics, phone number and address, should be available in every maternity ward. Remember that breastfeeding your baby is important and beneficial, but do not feel guilty if things do not go smoothly.