Answer: Nipples are one of the most sensitive parts of your body and when they become sore, it can cause great discomfort. You can also try some simple, natural home remedies to get relief.
1. Breast Milk
If the cause is breastfeeding, you can use your own breast milk to heal sore, cracked, bleeding or blistered nipples. Breast milk has antibacterial as well as healing properties that help treat sore nipples.
Apply a few drops of breast milk on the affected nipple before breastfeeding.
After breastfeeding apply some milk again.
Allow it to air dry thoroughly.
Repeat the same for the other nipple.
Follow this remedy a few times daily until the soreness subsides.
2. Warm Compress
Dip a washcloth in warm water.
Wring it out and then place it on your breasts for a couple of minutes.
Do this at least 10 minutes before breastfeeding.
Repeat this remedy several times a day until the soreness is gone.
A warm shower or heating pad can also help alleviate the discomforts of sore nipples.
3. Oil Massage
Heat a small amount of the oil of your choice in a microwave until warm.
Apply the warm oil on the nipples and massage gently.
Repeat several times a day.
Note: Before breastfeeding, make sure to wash your nipples thoroughly with warm water to remove any remaining oil.
4. Aloe Vera
Apply this fresh gel on the affected areas and allow it to dry on its own.
Clean the area with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Repeat several times a day for about three to four days.
Note: Never feed your baby until you have washed off the aloe vera with warm water. Aloe vera can cause diarrhea in small babies.
5. Basil Leaves
Wash a handful of basil leaves and then grind them into a paste.
Apply this paste on the nipples and allow it to air dry.
Wash off the paste before feeding your baby.
To get temporary relief from pain caused by breastfeeding and sore nipples, you can massage the affected area with an ice cube.