Sore Nipples When Breastfeeding Sore Nipples When Breastfeeding
  If you have experienced this, you do not need to be told how discomforting this is. As a new mother, you may find... Sore Nipples When Breastfeeding


hungry-baby-outside_Jerry-Bunkers-flickrIf you have experienced this, you do not need to be told how discomforting this is.

As a new mother, you may find it could take a few days or weeks to adapt to the strong suck of a healthy baby on your breasts.

It is normal for your breasts to become more sensitive in the first weeks after you have given birth. They may sting, burn, ache or feel tender. Over time, the discomfort and sensitivity should resolve.

If you have sore nipples, it may be that your baby isn’t attaching properly to your breast. This pain usually lasts about half a minute while baby first draws your nipple into their mouth.

Try to make sure your baby’s mouth is attached correctly for suckling from the very first breastfeed.

If you do not correct your baby’s latch, your nipples could be damaged, which causes problems like mastitis (infections).


Before breastfeeding

  • Wash your hands.
  • Sit in a comfortable position and try to relax.
  • Apply a warm washer to the breast and gently massage or express to help milk flow.

While breast feeding

  • Make sure the way your baby latches to your breast is correct. If you are not sure, ask for help from a health professional.
  • If the attachment feels uncomfortable after 30 seconds, break your baby’s suction by putting your finger in the corner of their mouth. Take your baby off and let them re-latch to your breast.
  • Experiment to find the most comfortable feeding position.
  • If your nipples are tender, limit your baby’s comfort sucking.

After breast feeding

  • Check your nipples for redness and misshapen appearance.
  • Wipe your breasts with clean water and let them dry.
  • Change breast pads frequently.
  • Ensure you have a well-fitting bra.
  • While expressing milk, make sure that the suction on your breast pump is not too strong.

If the pain in your nipples increases after the first week, talk to a health professional.

Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo

Valentine Chukwu

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