Sore Nipples and salty breastmilk taste

I had sore nipples at some point. That made me discontinue breastfeeding because my nipples were bleeding.

After I felt it was healed, I decided to breastfeed my baby. But I discovered he was not spitting it out. I later decided to taste it and I discovered it was salty. Since then I stopped giving him that breast.

Now I don't know if its a good way to wean. he still sucks the second one well in the night. By the way, he is 10 months 2 weeks old.

Please advise me, is it a normal thing for the breast to be salty, and what can I do to allow him start sucking this particular breast again.

I hope I would get a quick response.

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Jul 31, 2012
Salty breastmilk
by: Zelda Behr

The salty taste is quite normal after the break you took from breastfeeding, its caused by the decreased milk supply.

You can increase the milk in that breast by pumping that breast after each feed and in between feeds.

You can also do breast massage to increase milk supply and flow.

Here is a video on breast massage...

If this doesn't work for you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with letting baby drink just from one breast, the other breast will dry up. Baby will still get enough milk because the more he drinks the more milk that breast will produce.

The only down side is you might look a little lopsided which will return to normal when you wean.

I thought this might also come in handy since you have had problems with sore nipples...

Hope this helps, don't hesitate to ask if there is something else.

Good luck.

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