February 19, 2018 2 min read
Every day, people are trying their best to be as clean and germ-free as possible. And when you decide to be a breastfeeding mom, it is expected that you should be extra careful about hygiene. This is because your baby will come in contact with your breasts all the time.
But there is no need to change your personal hygiene when breastfeeding. Here are some tips to prevent infections:
First and foremost, the hands we use to hold our babies should be properly cleaned. It is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick, spreading germs, and diseases. It may be simple to do but most often overlooked.
Our bodies are made to sweat. It detoxifies our bodies and we should keep it that way, even if you feel uncomfortable postpartum. Chemicals in antiperspirants will do you more harm than good. In fact, there has been studies that show sweat has a natural antimicrobial peptide calleddermcidin. This means that it is important for choosing natural products for your personal hygiene.
Rub the excess breast milk after feeding
This small but useful effort will help you on the post-feeding mess. Not only does it keep your breast pads clean, but it also helps prevent leakage on your bras and shirts.
Do not use any scented soaps or alcohol on your nipples
There is definitely no need to wash your breasts every after feeding your little ones. But using scented soaps or alcohol may be too harsh for your nipples causing dryness, cracking or soreness - causing damage to your skin. All-natural is a way to go.
Avoid tight and restrictive bras
There’s a reason whynursing bras exist. Your breasts are different as to when you weren’t lactating. Nursing bras allow maximum comfort and absorbency. Breast pads are life saviours in absorbing extra moisture. We wouldn’t want any leakage especially when we are outdoors now, would we?
Wash your breast pumps regularly
Not washing your breast pumps every after use would cause germs to spread on your device. Worse is, the quality of milk may be harmful to your little ones. Just like washing your hands regularly, breast pumps need to be sterilized as well.
Change your nursing bra and nursing pads every day
This is to avoid dried milk to keep in contact with your breasts. They get dirty faster than regular bras since nursing bras and pads are exposed to milk.
Hygienic breastfeeding should come on the top of the list and should be every nursing mom’s priority. These tips will help prevent our babies from getting sick. Plus, it helps lessen the mess! With some precautions and consistent improvement, breastfeeding wouldn’t be considered a chore but a wonderful mother and baby experience.