For years, I’ve been telling parents that evidence shows that warm water soaks are the most effective way to treat sore, cracked, and bleeding nipples. The water promotes healing and healthy tissue. I had been telling parents to use bowls of water or a deep tub to accomplish these soaks.
Two new parents revealed the BRILLIANT trick they stumbled across while talking to me this morning after Mama Cafe. They had been tipped off by a friend. So, it’s not MY idea, but you need to know about it.The secret to easier nipple soaking? Shot glasses.
Fill the shot glasses with warm water. Then lean forward, positioning your nipples so they rest inside the shot glasses. Firmly (but not too firmly) hold the glasses against your breasts, and sit up. The gentle pressure should keep the water from leaking out while you hold them. You will still have to hold the glasses, but at least the water is right where it needs to be. Soak for 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times a day.
You’re welcome. And thanks again, Maggie and Chris.
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