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How can i soothe sore nipples after breastfeeding?

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Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Pediatrics 32 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 46 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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Should I be worried about breastfeeding if I have sore nipples?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
No: Generally no. Sore nipples may mean a poor latch, so check to make sure baby is latched appropriately. Sore nipples may also signify a yeast infection- you may need prescription creams to treat, but can try over-the-counter Hydrocortisone first and see if it helps. Olive oil massaged into the nipple can also help soreness.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What would do about sore nipples from breastfeeding?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Get help: There are several ways you can fix this, but the one thing not to do is to just wait and hope it will get better. A lactation consultant or nurse or doctor can help. If you are sore and cracked, it will cause you pain and put you are risk for infection! try allowing the nipple to air dry with some breast milk on them after feeds and review the baby's latch on position carefully. Good luck!
A 44-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 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.

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