Easing Nipple Soreness

Loving Moments Seamless Nursing BraletteBreastfeeding is a wonderful bonding opportunity for you and your baby.  While it may take some time to get used to, it should not be painful.  If you do feel pain, such as nipple soreness, schedule an appointment with your doctor or lactation consultant.  There may be several causes for nipple soreness and you should not let it persist.

While you are waiting to see a specialist, try these solutions to ease your nipple soreness:

  • Babies suck hardest when they are most hungry, which is at the beginning of a feeding.  Let your baby latch on the nipple that is least sore first.
  • Alternate breasts every couple of minutes during a feeding.  Reducing the amount of time the nipple is being pulled may help.
  • Select nursing bras in soft fabrics that will not cause further nipple soreness.
  • Wear soft nursing pads and insert hydrogel pads to cool nipples between feedings.
  • Ensure proper latch by opening your baby’s mouth very widely.
  • If all else fails, use a breast pump and provide milk to your baby through a syringe until you can get professional assistance.

Amy Berry
Amy is a lactation consultant and proud momma of 7 (yep seven!) wonderful children all breastfed and a Loving Moments fan!