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Default Care of the Breasts

The success and benefits of breast-feeding are dependent mainly on cleanliness and health. Every mother-to-be, especially if it is her first pregnancy, should take taken at the time of delivery. Often cracks develop around the nipples, and sometimes there is swelling too. In some cases the breasts become hard and painful because of the formation of lumps. There is even a possibility of pus formation. Here are some directions to follow in these conditions.
ffice" />(1) Keep the nipples washed clean. Beginning from around the fifth month of pregnancy, a viscous fluid is secreted from the breasts. If this is not washed away properly, it may form a crust and the surrounding skin becomes reddish. To prevent this, clean the nipples well every day with warm water-occasionally adding boric acid powder to the water-and dry them by rubbing them lightly with a clean piece of cloth. If necessary, Vaseline or sea same oil may be applied to soften up the nipples.
(2) At the time of bathing, the nipples should be pulled outwards with the thumb and the forefinger. But care has to be taken not to hurt the with the nails. This will facilitate sucking by the baby later on.
(3) The pregnancy woman should wear loose-fitting blouses and brassieres, so that the breasts receive adequate support, but are not subjected to too much pressure.
(4) If in spite of all these precautions, cracks are formed a burning sensation is experienced of lumps are formed deep in the breasts causing pain, no time should b lost, but the advice of a doctor should be sought at once.

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I personally would NEVER use Vaseline on any part of my body or my baby's. Vaseline is a petroleum product (a byproduct of gasoline refining) and petroleum should NEVER be used on the skin as it is a known cause of cancer. Mineral oil is the same way - should NEVER be used on the skin. Read labels, ladies! It's really important! Mineral oil is a cheap filler used by many lotion makers.
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