A major reason for mums giving up breastfeeding is pain according to studies, but a survey has found that Multi-Mam Compresses reduced pain scores by 49%.
In National Breastfeeding Celebration Week*, it’s good to know help is available, since the UK has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world.
How do the Compresses relieve pain while breastfeeding?
Multi-Mam Compresses have a triple action:
- A blissful immediate cooling and soothing effect on sore, blistered or cracked nipples
- The gel in them is made from a patented element of aloe vera called 2QR-complex. This attaches to the binding sites of harmful bacteria, preventing them from binding to the skin where they cause inflammation and infection
- Their light plastic backing creates a moist wound environment, which has been shown to support the natural healing process (Rovee 1972)
Sarah Childe, Founder of the Maternity Nurse Association, said:
They come in handy individual sachets which prevents them drying out, the gel is not sticky nor does it mark your maternity bra.
Compresses are great for getting sore and cracked nipples under control and there is no need to wipe the nipples before feeding – and they didn’t impact on latching.
Multi-Mam Compresses contain no preservatives, perfumes, lanolin or other animal based products, and they have not been tested on animals, so that’s another reason why we are happy to endorse Multi-Mam products.
Dr Karen Gardiner, MD of Purple Orchid women’s self-care company which distributes Multi-Mam, said:
We are often told by mums at meetings or in reviews that Multi-Mam Compresses and Balm helped them to carry on breastfeeding.
80-95% of breastfeeding women will experience some degree of soreness with 26% reporting extreme nipple pain (Newton 1952, Walker, 1989).
Feeding becomes an agony, rather than a loving time together with the baby. Painful nipples can also inhibit the let-down (milk ejection) reflex. As the mother becomes more tense, a vicious circle has begun that often leads to early weaning (Humle, 1994).
Women with pain and increased physiological stress gave up breastfeeding sooner. Breast diseases are associated with a higher level of psychological stress (Abou-Dakn M, 2009).
Fissuring of the nipple occurs by a combination of external trauma and insufficient moisture in the uppermost layer of the skin. While it is important to address the cause of the trauma (e.g. by correct positioning and latch-on of the baby), adequate moisture must be maintained to facilitate the healing process of the fissure. A moist, scab free, environment enhances the movement of cells across the wound surface and facilitates healing (Rovee, 1972).
However, for the mother with damaged nipples, the most pressing issue may not be the time it will take for her nipples to heal but how quickly she can get relief from her pain.
The UK was number 21 in a list of 24 countries showing breatfeeding rates at three months (oecd.org).
National Breastfeeding Week starts on June 19 in Scotland and June 26 in England (unicef.org).
Survey conducted by midwives in 2016. Average pain scores of women who used Compresses over 10 days dropped from 6.9 to 2.0 on a scale of one to ten.