Caring for Breasts During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

Most mothers do not understand the benefits of caring for breasts in preparation for breastfeeding. In fact, milk production will run smoothly if you regularly care for your breasts since pregnancy. If the new mother takes care of the breasts after birth, it is common for problems such as low milk production or milk not coming out at birth so it is not possible to do Early Initiation of Breastfeeding.

The process of breastfeeding or lactation is influenced by the endocrine glands, especially the pituitary hormones prolactin and oxytocin. This hormonal stimulation is influenced by the baby's suction and mother's emotional state. 

Lactation itself can be interpreted as the process of forming milk and releasing milk. Mother should start caring for the breasts at 5-6 months of pregnancy, because stimulation of the nipples and breasts during early pregnancy can cause uterine contractions. Here are some things you can do to care for your breasts.

Adjust Bra Size

During pregnancy, of course, your breasts will change in size. Make sure you change to the right bra size regularly. In addition, the body of pregnant women will sweat easily. Choose a bra with cotton that absorbs sweat. Don't wear a bra that is too tight, as it can press on the nipples and block the mammary glands.

Breast massage

Mothers can do breast massage for 10 minutes before bathing. Clean your breasts and massage in a clockwise direction and vice versa with coconut oil or baby oil. Also do massage and pulling the nipples to keep the nipples moist. Tap the breast area with your fingertips or fingertips to improve blood circulation in the breast area. After the massage is finished, compress with warm water and rinse with cold water.

Breast Exercise

Breast exercises are useful for compacting the breasts and streamlining the production of breast milk. Place your left palm on your right elbow and your right hand on your left elbow. Do movements such as pressing towards the chest by tightening the grip so that you feel the movement of the muscles around the breast. Then relax and repeat.

In addition, during the breastfeeding period, you can also care for the breasts by preventing injury to the nipple area. If the breast starts to feel sore, you can change positions with the other side of the breast.  The most important thing is to keep the breasts and nipples clean during the breastfeeding period.

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