To prevent nipple damage, here are a few tips you can try:
Many mothers are advised to treat damaged nipples with exposure to the air. Aside from the impracticality of this advice for many busy mums, it is also contrary to modern principles of healing which stipulate establishing a moist wound healing environment.
Research has revealed wounds can heal 50% faster and without scabbing or crusting using moist wound healing techniques. When baby breastfeeds, the nipple is in a wet environment and the tissue absorbs moisture and swells. Rapid air drying causes irregular shrinkage and the resulting tension on the skin causes cracking.
Marcalan provides a semi-occlusive barrier to slow the evaporation of moisture already present in the skin, thereby eliminating further drying and cracking. It is absorbed into the nipple, so tissue is re-hydrated from within, and exposed nerve endings (which are a source of pain) are returned to a more normal moist state.
If you need to remove baby from breast, either break the suction by depressing the breast, or insert a clean finger into the corner of baby's mouth. Failure to break the suction may result in nipple damage.