Tips to Ease Your Breasts During Pregnancy
Breastfeeding your baby during pregnancy is not easy at all. You have to deal with many things that could cause problems during breastfeeding such as:
1) If you don’t sleep well enough, or if you’re tired from work, then it’s difficult for you to nurse your baby properly.
Sometimes even when nursing your baby feels uncomfortable because of pain and discomfort.
2) You might feel some discomfort while feeding your baby.
For example, you might experience pain in your nipples or you may have difficulty inserting the bottle into your mouth. These feelings are caused by the position of your body during breastfeeding.
3) You might also feel pain when pumping milk for pumping purposes.
When you pump milk, there will be times when you’ll experience pain in your nipples due to pressure and friction between the inside of the bottle and the outside of your skin.
4) You might experience other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, headaches and so on.
These symptoms are caused by the hormones present in your body during pregnancy. They can be relieved by taking certain medications.
5) Some women have problems with their nipples when they’re pregnant because of changes in the shape of their bodies during pregnancy.
Therefore, you need to take special care while breastfeeding your baby during pregnancy.
These symptoms can be relieved and eliminated by performing certain exercises that can help you to make your nipples more flexible and softer. They can also help you increase the flexibility of your arms and shoulders, which are in charge of nursing your baby. You can do these exercises even when you’re at home, while sitting in front of your computer or watching TV.
Inverted, Flat or Pointed Nipples: What’s It for You?
Nipples can be of three types: pointed, flat and inverted. When your nipples are flat or inverted, it means that they look like “puffy circles” when compared with the pointed nipples. However, not all women have pointed nipples. Some of them have nipples that are just shaped like a circle.
Does it matter?
No, not really. But some women feel embarrassed when they go to the beach because their nipples are not as pointy as models and actresses. For other women, it’s a non-issue. So if you feel embarrassed by the shape of your nipples, then you may be one of those women who would like to have pointy nipples.
Inverted nipples can also become a problem during breastfeeding. If your baby doesn’t latch on correctly, you may experience problems like blocked ducts or mastitis. If you want to solve this problem (if you actually have this problem), then read on.
How to Make Your Nipples Pointy
If you want to know how to make your nipples pointy, you should keep in mind that genetics play a large role in the shape and size of your nipples. So if you have inborn inverted nipples, then there is nothing you can do to change their shape. However, there are some methods through which you can try to bring them out.
First of all, you can try to express your nipples regularly. This process is similar to exfoliating. You can use a wash cloth to rub the area surrounding your nipples.
In this way, you’ll be able to rub off the dead skin cells which might be covering your nipples.
You should also try to increase the blood flow towards your chest area. You can do that by performing some exercises like push-ups or using a massager on the area around your nipples.
One of the most important tips on how to make your nipples pointy is using a special cream. You can buy creams that would help you in bringing out your nipples. These products are readily available over the counter and you can easily get your hands on them.
However, you should always read the label before using a cream to massage your nipples.
These are some of the ways that you can try if you want to bring out your nipples. However, it is important to keep in mind that you should not do any of these methods excessively. Doing these things over and over can damage the skin and even cause wrinkles!
So do it in moderation and everything should be fine.
You can also try to see a cosmetic doctor. By going through a surgery, you can permanently change the shape of your nipples. However, this is not a cheap operation and it is not covered by health insurances as well.
So think wisely before deciding to go through an invasive method!
How to Make Your Nipples Less Sensitive
Just like how you can make your nipples pointy, you can also make them less sensitive as well.
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Apparatus and method for correcting flat, inverted or retracting nipples of varying sizes by EC Armstrong, JA Brady – US Patent 5,871,456, 1999 – Google Patents
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Conquering common breast-feeding problems by M Walker – The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing, 2008 – journals.lww.com
Management of selected early breastfeeding problems seen in clinical practice by M Walker – Birth, 1989 – Wiley Online Library