What should I use to soothe my breasts after breastfeeding or after pumping?
Breastfeed your baby often
Would you like to breastfeed your baby? Then make sure that you breastfeed as much as possible, especially in the first 48 hours after giving birth. Then do this at least eight to twelve times a day. This ensures that the production of your milk gets off to a good start. Also make sure that your baby drinks enough milk so that no accumulation can occur. You can check this yourself by feeling if your breasts feel less painful or tender. During the maternity week, your maternity nurse and midwife will also come and check a number of things, so you can always go there if you have any questions. You can receive maternity care for the first 10 days, but this differs per person. This can also be shorter or longer. Here you also receive support with the nutrition of your newborn.
When your breasts feel tense, your baby may not be able to drink properly. This can make you suffer even more from painful breasts, especially after giving birth. Not every mother chooses to breastfeed, of course you can also choose not to breastfeed your baby. Whether you give this or not, you can pump for both to remove the tension and / or swelling. You can solve this by first massaging yourself by hand and then pumping some milk by hand. This will relieve some of the tension and you can breastfeed again. If you prefer not to breastfeed, it is wise to express your breasts with a pumping device anyway. If you are going to breastfeed, you will also have to do this in places other than at home after your maternity leave. This will certainly be perceived as uncomfortable at first. But if you don't do this, your breasts may start to leak and feel sore. So prevent this by pumping a few times a day or putting your baby to the breast.
You can use a heat compress before pumping. Wondermom's heat compress ensures that the milk flows better and also stimulates the let-down reflex. This compress can also be used during pumping and after pumping you will notice that your breasts feel much less painful. You can do this a few times a day to relieve some of the pressure. View Wondermom's heat compress here: https://wondermom.nl/products/3-in-1-borst-parelkompressen
Breast pads after feeding
It is recommended to alternate with something cold. Maybe you've thought about a bag of frozen peas or something else from the freezer, but that doesn't feel very pleasant. Make use of the breast pads! You can use this cold when you have painful breasts or swollen breasts due to engorgement, when you are breastfeeding and experience discomfort afterwards and after pumping.
The WonderMom breast pads fit on any pumping device, reducing pumping time. The 3-in-1 Breast Pads offer women support during pregnancy, the postpartum period and breastfeeding. These reusable and non-toxic compresses are therefore suitable for both cold and hot use and fit flexibly in your bra.
Hopefully these tips will help you a little further and these tips will ease your pain a bit! View our range for all products for mothers, for after giving birth. In addition to a compress, we also have products for women, aimed at the perineum area: https://wondermom.nl/collections/all