Although breastfeeding can be a beautiful moment, it can also get pretty messy. I can't begin to count the amount of times I sported the (non-sexy) wet T-shirt look, reused last week's nursing bra against my better judgement, and lived in spit up and breast milk. Messiness is simply par for the course of a nursing mom's life. Luckily, there are ways to keep the mess to a minimum so you can feel more like yourself and not just a milk maven. With a few breastfeeding hygiene tips no one ever taught you up your sleeve, you'll feel confident and — most of all — clean, regardless of the spills, spit up, and leaks.
The good news is that your body is amazingly equipped to keep itself clean on it's own, with just a few added steps for good measure. Verywell noted that the Montgomery Glands on a lactating mother's areola (the little raised bumps surrounding your nipple,) secrete a "natural, oily substance that cleans and lubricates the nipple and areola." Therefore, feeling like you need to clean your breasts before you feed your baby or take drastic measures to stay squeaky clean while you're nursing probably aren't necessary. If you follow these simple hygiene tips, your breastfeeding sessions might not be mess-free, but it will definitely be as hygienic and safe as possible.