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What could be the cause of pain with breast feeding?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Painful breastfeed: Two causes come to mind - poor latch and infection. If your baby is sucking solely on your nipples, this will cause nipple irritation and pain and baby is not getting any milk. This situation can lead to distention of the milk ducts causing breast pain and possible secondary infection. Make sure your nipple is past behind the baby's gums so that the sucking is on the areola where the milk sinuses.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What can help with breast feeding pain?

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Dr. Vivian Rider
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Several options: This is very common in the first week or two of breastfeeding, as the skin needs to 'toughen up.' A very common cause of nipple pain is an improper latch. Make sure that your baby opens his mouth wide when latching. There are creams with lanolin that soothe sore nipples. Also rubbing expressed breast milk and exposure to air helps. You might also have your doctor check for a yeast infection.

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