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What Can I Do to Prevent Sore Nipples?


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Breastfeeding Blog

December 28, 2015

Sore nipples are a common ailment for many breastfeeding moms. While the condition may be uncomfortable, it’s not usually anything to worry about and the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh these potential ailments. There are breastfeeding resources and products that you can utilize to make sure that any pain you’re having is normal and you can have peace of mind and know what to do to ease your discomfort safely.

What Kind of Pain is Normal?

When you first begin breastfeeding, you may experience some mild pain or discomfort, especially while your baby is learning how to latch on correctly. Most of the time, this pain is doesn’t last long and isn’t unbearable but that doesn’t mean it’s uncomfortable. You can expect some measure of soreness in your nipples or pain in the breasts, especially when you first start out.

What Kind of Pain Indicates Problems?

At no time during breastfeeding should experience lasting pain, anything excruciating, or breaks, bruising, cracking, or bleeding and if you do experience these things you should not “just suffer through it.” Your breastfeeding resources (such as a lactation specialist or a doula) will be able to help you figure out what’s wrong and prevent it from happening again.

How Does This Education Prevent Sore Nipples?

Nipple cream will only go so far and it’s mostly used to soothe already sore nipples. Educating yourself about what kind of pain to watch out for is the best way to prevent unnecessary pain and discomfort while breastfeeding. When you know what to look for, you’ll know if that soreness or pain you’re feeling is something to worry about and you won’t panic when you feel something a little off.

There is Always a Solution

There is a solution to every breastfeeding problem that causes sore nipples and knowing what those solutions are ahead of time will help you prevent severe soreness and utilize your breastfeeding resources in the most efficient ways possible. This endeavor will take a lot of work, energy and commitment and preventing sore nipples is only the beginning. Remember the benefits of breastfeeding and why you made this choice for yourself and your baby so that when you do experience some soreness in your nipples, you know what to do instead of feeling like you should give up. The most important of the breastfeeding tips anyone can give you is that: never ever give up!