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Updated 13 November 2017

Take care of your breasts

When it comes to the health of your baby, there is no doubt: breast is best. Make breastfeeding work for you and your baby by taking proper care of your breasts.

When it comes to the health of your baby, there is no doubt: breast is best. Make breastfeeding work for you and your baby by taking proper care of your breasts.

Take action:
A daily shower with warm water is all the cleaning a mother needs – avoid soap as this has a drying effect on the skin and also washes off the natural softeners; nipples should be kept dry and clean; avoid wet breast pads; express a few drops of colostrum or milk to dry on the nipple (these have anti-bacterial and lubricating properties in them); prevent cracked nipples by correctly latching and fixing the baby on the breast; if a nipple cream is to be used, make sure you do not have to wipe it off before feeds; ask for advice from a breastfeeding consultant if nipples appear flat or inverted.

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