Sore nipples—what’s normal and what’s not

Worries about poor latches and nipple pain top the list of expectant moms’ breastfeeding concerns, according to a Lansinoh survey of over 13,000 women. The good news is that pain is not an inevitable part […]

Worries about poor latches and nipple pain top the list of expectant moms’ breastfeeding concerns, according to a Lansinoh survey of over 13,000 women. The good news is that pain is not an inevitable part of breastfeeding.mom-baby-resting“Pain is not normal,” according to Ania Gold, IBCLC. “A little soreness initially can be normal because nipples are made of elastic tissue, and so it can feel a little tender at first. You can compare it to a muscle that you’ve never used. You go to the gym and you lift some weights, and that muscle is going to be a little sore for the next few days. Anything beyond that—if you have to take pain medication, for example—[is] a red flag, and it’s time to get help.”
Checking your baby’s latch and breastfeeding technique can transform the experience, Gold explains. “Sometimes it’s as simple as latching the baby on a different way, and the mom [will say], ‘This is amazing; it doesn’t hurt!’ as the tears [start] streaming down her face.”
La Leche League International offers additional advice on treating some common causes of sore nipples:

  • If you pump, adjust the machine to a comfortable setting.
  • Consult a doctor if you suspect you have an infection, such as thrush.
  • Make sure you and your infant are positioned correctly.

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