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How can i soothe sore nipples after breastfeeding?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Lots of ways: Keep your bra off after breastfeeding: let them air dry completely. Don't use a breast pad unless absolutely necessary: the pad traps moisture (leaked milk) like a sweat sock, and can lead to yeast infections and cracked nipples. Apply lanolin to the nipples after they are dry. Change the baby's position when feeding: too much pressure from sucking on the same spot can cause sore nipples.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Milk massage & dry: Some have found aid by using a liittle breast milk as a lotion, massaged into the area, followed by complete air drying. A hair dry on a no heat setting can speed the process.If this isn't helpful check with a lactation consultant.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What could be wrong with method? I am breastfeeding. Sore nipples.

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Latch, positioning: Sore nipples with breastfeeding can be due to a combination of things. Remember baby massages your aerola to nurse. A baby tip feeding on nipples will cause soreness + pain. Positioning matters-both babe + mom need to be comfortable. Also skin irritation, rashes, yeast + bacterial infections can add to soreness. Connect w a lactation consultant or nursing mothers peer group 4 support, ideas.
Last updated Jan 7, 2019
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