Do you have nipple pain or nipple sensitivity?
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
Read more on how to identify the cause of your nipple pain
Different nipple variations that may interfere with breastfeeding
Cracked or Bleeding Nipples:
Causes could be a bad latch/suckle, bad positioning, thrush, problem with the breast pump, or it could be that your baby is biting your nipples
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Treat Sore Nipples:
* You can ease the sore nipples by applying ice wrapped in a soft cloth or by using other cold treatments (cold compress).
* You can also try an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Ibuprofen,
Motrin, and Tylenol, which are all safe to take during breastfeeding.
* Also try rinsing your breast with clean water and salt after every
breastfeeding session. This will wash your baby’s saliva off from your
nipples so that they do not crack and become sore.
* A mother’s own
milk, gently rubbed into the wound, is just as soothing and actually
accelerates healing and relieves nipple pain as well!
* Lansinoh Lotion for breast feeding mothers is great for applying just before you
breastfeed or even when pumping and prevents sore broken nipples.
* Moms with larger breasts or nipples might struggle with breastfeeding. More on breastfeeding with large breasts
If you have pain inside your
breast before and during the entire time you are breastfeeding, you
should go see your Doctor in case of thrush or mastitis.
pink, itchy nipples are a sign of thrush too. Thrush is a "yeast
infection". It is usually caused by Mom or baby taking an antibiotic that
causes an imbalance in the body.
Some Moms are suffering from Raynauds phenomenon without realizing it!
Read more about Raynauds disease here.
Read all about teething while breastfeeding.
How can you stop baby from biting your nipples?
it happens because baby wants to use you as a teether. Use any teething
remedies you find work the best (for example teething tablets) and unlatch
baby when biting occurs.
Some babies have sucking problems that are due to oral problems like a cleft lip.
let your baby know that you are unhappy if bitten! When your
baby stops sucking, unlatch baby with your fingers by putting your finger
between the corner of baby's mouth and your breast, before he/she gets a
chance to bite.
Read more on breastfeeding biting here.
If you are latching properly, you will have less chance of getting sore, cracked painful nipples.
Read more about proper latching.
Other pages on breastfeeding problems in connection with nipple pain:
- Nipple blisters "bleb"
- Pacifier use in the breastfed baby
- Organic nipple cream for breastfeeding
- Hand express while your nipples are healing
- Breast and nipple care during breastfeeding
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