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SORE NIPPLE BLISS herbal rinse

SORE NIPPLE BLISS herbal rinse

25g Sore Nipple Bliss herbs, for use as rinse or compress
Image by Angela Gallo
After the joy of birth, I was a little bit bummed to find I was one of those women who get super-sore nipples from breastfeeding. Despite being scrupulous about a good latch, I was just really tender. I persevered, and was so relieved to get past the 'ouch' stage to being able to really enjoy being breastfeeding buddies with my babies.

There's nothing like an experience like this to get you thinking about ways to make it easier - necessity is the mother of invention. I did lots of things to soothe my raw, tender nipples. Going topless whenever possible was good. Stuffing my breasts into tight bras did NOT help. Calendula or Papaya cream helped. Rubbing a little breast milk into the nipples helped. I also used to stand over the sink and let the herbal liquid from my peri-bottle flow gently over the nipples.

So, I have formulated this mild blend of soothing herbs for you to use in a soft-side plastic cleansing bottle, which emits a very gentle stream from the spout. There are less astringent herbs in this mild blend, to avoid a drying effect on the tender tissues.

How To Use:
Place the herbal sachet in a glass jug and add hot (but not boiling) water. Let steep for about 20 minutes. Then pour the liquid into your cleansing bottle.
After feeding, stand over a sink and let the warm liquid flow gently over your nipples. Allow to air-dry, go topless for a while. Then apply a thick layer of your chosen nipple care cream or use breast milk - which contains wonderful healing properties.
If like me, you have a condition called nipple vaso-constriction contributing to nipple pain, you'll find that warmth really helps - like sunning your nipples in gentle sunlight, standing in a warm shower, or making a warm compress with the herbal liquid and some soft cloth to apply to your nipples.


* Witch Hazel - anti-inflammatory and astringent properties; used for skin conditions, burns and sore nipples

* Calendula - superb for healing damaged tissues where the skin is broken. Ideal for dry, dehydrated, irritated and delicate skin. Beneficial in treating nappy rash and sore, cracked nipples.

* Lady's Mantle - astringent properties; protects newly formed elastin fibres. Used to treat sores. Controls bleeding and discharges.

* Marshmallow - soothes and softens tissues and controls infection. The conditioning effect leads to better moisture levels in the skin. Beneficial for wound healing and sore, irritated skin.

* Lavender - has an analgesic effect on the skin which helps pain relief; anti-septic properties support healing wounds and sooth burns.

* Chamomile - anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Used to treat wounds, sunburn and mastitis.

* Peppermint - brings prompt relief from itching.

* Red Clover - an effective remedy for various skin conditions.

See the Ageless Herbal Encyclopaedia for more information on these herbs.

30 ml Soothing Salve


We also have the gorgeous Soothing Salve for sensitive skin. This variation on the Soothing Salve contains no essential oils and no goldenseal, so it is safe and suitable to use on sore nipples. The ingredients are: Cold-pressed olive oil infused with Calendula and Oatstraw; organic coconut oil; organic rosehip oil, organic calendula oil and organic beeswax.

No aid or remedy is a substitute for good information and support. Breastfeeding is meant to be a pleasure and shouldn't hurt. So if you are suffering, I suggest finding a Lactation Consultant in your area.

A couple of on-line sites that helped me are:

Australian Breastfeeding Association. Their 24-hour hot-line is: 1800 686 2686
It is so good to be able to call one of their trained consultants in the middle of the night!

Kellymom Breastfeeding and Parenting - an American site with comprehensive info

Dr. Jack Newman - a Canadian site. There are useful on-line videos that show how to get a good latch, how breast compressions can help, etc

For more information in healing sore and cracked nipples, try this page at Kellymom

Here is a great post from Mama's Place about her experiences with nipple vasospasm, with helpful links.

Disclaimer: This information is of a general informational nature and does not constitute medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Any health condition should be referred to your chosen health care practitioner. Check with your health care practitioner before commencing to use any herbal tea, and be aware of any personal and family allergies.

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