Breastfeeding Pain

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Things that Could Cause Pain while Breastfeeding...

A bad latch is the most common cause of breast feeding pain:

The good news: There is no single right way to attach a baby to a breast. Anything that helps baby get on the breast deeply and comfortably, and ends in good milk transfer is the “right” breastfeeding position or technique for you…

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If breastfeeding is painful, there are things that you can do to help…


An uncomfortable breastfeeding position

If Mom and Baby are not comfortable during breastfeeding, it could lead to many different problems during breastfeeding including pain...

Read more about the different breastfeeding positions.



- A strong let down.

Most moms feel a weird pins and needles feeling in their breasts, when let down occurs and others say that it is quite painful…

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- Oversupply

While having too much milk may seem like a good problem to have, the rush of milk from an overfull engorged breast, can make feedings stressful and uncomfortable for both Mother and Baby…

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- Breastfeeding with flat or inverted nipples

Some types of nipples like concave, flat or inverted nipples might make it more difficult for a baby to latch on. For a baby to nurse successfully,  he/she must be able to grasp the nipple and stretch it forward and upward against the roof of the mouth. The most important thing to remember, is that a baby should get as much of your breast into the mouth as possible…

Other variations of nipples that may cause problems while breastfeeding


- Breastfeeding with extra large breasts or nipples

Having large breasts and/or nipples, may cause some breast feeding issues and frustration. Most moms might experience bleeding, blistering and mastitis, but this is more common in big breasted women. People sometimes think that moms with bigger breasts have it easy breastfeeding, but that is not always true…

Read more about coping when breastfeeding with large breasts


- Dealing with a nipple blister "bleb"

A bleb can heal on its own after a few weeks, but sometimes the pain is tremendously bad during breast feeding…

Read more about dealing with a nipple blister


- Breastfeeding pain caused by Baby biting during breastfeeding

Some moms think that they need to wean when their babies start biting while breastfeeding, but this is not true. Baby biting is something that usually only lasts a few days and mom just needs to be persistent…

How to handle teething while breastfeeding


- Blocked milk ducts

A plugged duct is formed when some of the milk inside a duct dries up and stops the rest of the milk from flowing; it is mostly due to Mom not draining the breast properly. This usually happens in the early days of breastfeeding, when Mom is very engorged, this may cause some painful breastfeeding sessions…

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- Breast engorgement

Dealing with engorgement on top of having a new baby to care for, day and night, can cause Mom some serious stress, but there are ways to treat breast engorgement and breastfeeding pain caused through breast engorgement…

Read more about breastfeeding breast pain caused by engorgement.


- Raynaud's phenomenon “ breastfeeding nipple white pain ”

Raynaud’s phenomenon also known as blanching of the nipple, is now a common breastfeeding problem, affecting up to 20% of all women of childbearing age.

Reynaud's is not caused by breastfeeding, but is due to abnormal spasms of the arteries, that supply blood to your nipples, causing the restriction of blood flow and therefore numbness, burning and pain.

Breastfeeding nipple white spot pain


- A Breast abscess

A breast abscess is a painful lump in the breast tissue, this is one of the most serious breast feeding problems, but is also very rare, occurring in only about 6% of all breastfeeding moms that have mastitis and/or recurrent plugged ducts.

A breast abscess will usually only form if you have had a breast infection (mastitis) for quite some time...

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- Mastitis

Breast infections are mostly caused by bacteria found on normal skin. The bacteria sometimes enter into the breast, through cracked nipples. The infection is in the fatty tissue of the breast, which causes a swollen breast, and pain in the breast tissue…

The symptoms of Mastitis


- Breastfeeding pain thrush related

Thrush causes sore nipples and can cause pain inside your breasts…

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- Suck problems associated with pain during breastfeeding

Here are some breastfeeding tips and advice, on how to deal with various suck problems during breastfeeding…

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More Articles for Pain in Breast Feeding

Breast and nipple care guide

A page on breast care, with tips on cleaning and preparing your breasts and nipples for breastfeeding and how you can avoid cracked and painful nipples during breastfeeding…

How to avoid breastfeeding pain


Blood in breast milk

What do you do, when you find blood in your breast milk? Mom will usually discover the blood in pumped breast milk, inside her baby’s mouth after breastfeeding, or in her baby’s stools...

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Nipple pain

Some nipple sensitivity is normal in the beginning. Wait it out; it just takes time for your nipples to get accustomed to nursing. In the meantime, using pure lanolin should help relieve normal sensitive nipples…

Breastfeeding problems nipple pain


Bleeding nipples

when your nipples become cracked or start bleeding...

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Other Breastfeeding Pains


Breastfeeding after a c section

Sometimes after a c-section, moms are not able to breastfeed immediately due to pain. Mothers who have an epidural will be awake right through the procedure, and will be able to hold and breastfeed their babies immediately after surgery...

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Nausea while breastfeeding

There are quite a few moms that say they experience nausea while breastfeeding. They say they feel the same type of nausea felt when hungry and have described it as coming in waves like normal morning sickness…

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 Headaches while breastfeeding

A breastfeeding headache is actually one of the most common breastfeeding problems and may cause a lot of extra stress for Mom, but there are ways to rectify, prevent or at least make it a bit more bearable...

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low back pain and breastfeeding

This lower back pain and breastfeeding is usually related to your menstrual cycle during breastfeeding. Your body reacts differently because of the hormones secreted.

A better understanding about breastfeeding and menstruation.


Even more things that could cause breast pain…

- A nursing bra that is too tight, or too loose can cause breast feeding pains.

- Fibrocystic breast disease: This is when there are many lumpy areas in the breasts, which fill with fluid and feel tender and painful. It is harmless, but if you think you have it, see your doctor so that he can rule out other possible causes of your breastfeeding pain.


Things that can Help for Pain


Safe medication

Can you take medication while breastfeeding? There are many medications that can be taken during breastfeeding...

Breastfeeding and pain medications


Herbs and breastfeeding

The nourishing qualities of the plants and herbs are amazing and have been used for centuries by breastfeeding mothers. There are herbs that can serve as a pain reliever during breastfeeding…

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If you are an experienced breastfeeding mom, and are experiencing a new pain with breastfeeding, or sudden onset pain with breastfeeding, that you have not experienced before, it would be best to see a doctor.



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