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Does having your nipples pierced effect breast feeding?

Does having your nipples pierced effect breast feeding?

Breastfeeding: By and large nipple piercing will not interfere with your breastfeeding as long as you remove your jewelry before feeding. Be aware that nipple piercing can sometime lead to blocked milk ducts and infection. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Can nipple piercings affect breast feeding?

Can nipple piercings affect breast feeding?

Possibly: If the piercing hits into the ducts, milk flow could be affected. Production should not be a problem, but you may be more prone to mastitis and/or have some minor problems with let down of the milk. That being said, I have known many women to breast feed without any problems who had history of nipple piercing, so I wouldn't rule it out just based on that. ...Read more

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What to do about nipple piercings and breast feeding.?

What to do about nipple piercings and breast feeding.?

Remove Jewelry: Just take the jewelry out before feedings; there shouldn't be any problems nursing with pierced nipples. ...Read more

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I am breast feeding my daughter and I want to know if it is normal for my breast and nipples to itch and also my nipples burn. Is this normal?

I am breast feeding my daughter and I want to know if it is normal for my breast and nipples to itch and also my nipples burn. Is this normal?

Nope: I would suspect you may have thrush or candida on your nipples...If that is the case she may have thrush in her mouth as well.
You can use vinegar 1 tsp in 1 cup water and wash yur nipples after every feed. If you cannot see if she has thrush see her pediatrician. Unless both of you are treated you will bounce it back and forth. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and breast feeding freaks me out - I don't like the idea of anything sucking on my nipples, but I really want to try it. What do I do?

I'm pregnant and breast feeding freaks me out - I don't like the idea of anything sucking on my nipples, but I really want to try it. What do I do?

Lactation consult: Labor and delivery wards now usually have lactation consultants on their staff to help with just the problem that you're having. Breast-feeding has become very privatized and so for some people it just doesn't seem normal. However it's a natural phenomenon and is one of the best ways you can care for your baby. Seek help. ...Read more

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I am breast feeding 2 wk old little one. And my breast are starting to itch on the under side of my breast. Not the nipple but my skin on my breast.?

I am breast feeding 2 wk old little one. And my breast are starting to itch on the under side of my breast. Not the nipple but my skin on my breast.?

Call your OB: Congratulations on breastfeeding. It is possible that a skin rash, including a yeast infection can develop when a large breast and the chest wall are in contact. Your OB can prescribe an ointment for this skin irritation or infection. Using a medication called Nystatin ointment. ...Read more

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Is there a way to condition nipples for breast-feeding?

Is there a way to condition nipples for breast-feeding?

Maybe: You could try using a breast pump so that you get used to the sensation. That said, keep in mind that the actual suckling of the baby is mechanically much more than the neg pressure generated from the suction pump.
Also, that the act of nursing your baby is itself the best way to get your nipples to adapt. Congrats on your baby and your decision to breast feed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does having a nipple piercing affect breast feeding?

Does having a nipple piercing affect breast feeding?

Possibly: Nipple Piercings have led to cellulitis & abscesses. The jewelry can snag against clothing with potential of traumatic tears to the nipple. Additionally, scar tissue on the nipple or jewelry can block a milk duck & in some cases make it more difficult to latch during breastfeeding. ...Read more

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I am breast feeding. Why is my nipple pussy and my breast extremely painful?

Mastitis: It sounds like you may have mastitis, a common infection of the breast. See your doctor to confirm, as mastitis should be treated with antibiotics. It is safe to continue breast feeding your baby during treatment, but if you do not want to feed the baby the milk from the infected breast, "pump and dump" - get the milk out with a breast pump regularly, then throw it away. ...Read more

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Does nipple rings prevent you from breast feeding, if you decide to have kids in the future?

Does nipple rings prevent you from breast feeding, if you decide to have kids in the future?

Can cause problems!: Nipple Piercings have led to cellulitis & abscesses. The jewelry can snag against clothing with potential of traumatic tears to the nipple. Additionally, scar tissue on the nipple or jewelry can block a milk duck & in some cases make it more difficult to latch during breastfeeding. ...Read more

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I stopped breast feeding about a month ago and now have little lumps around my left nipple that hurt. Is this normal?

I stopped breast feeding about a month ago and now have little lumps around my left nipple that hurt. Is this normal?

See doctor: Breast feeding usually does not cause any problem, little lumps appeared on only left nipple after a month of stopping breast feeding. These painful lumps may be due to some infection. Consult your doctor, get it checked up and get treated ...Read more

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Can I pump 3 days after having baby? Been breast feeding but way to painful and nipples are cut up, just want to pump and feed instead of breast

Can I pump 3 days after having baby? Been breast feeding but way to painful and nipples are cut up, just want to pump and feed instead of breast

Nipple cream: You need to get a good nipple cream to heal your nipples. You need to keep pumping so you do not dry up and you need to get some nipple shields. Consult your provider or lactation specialist for help! Don't stop as breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby! ...Read more

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Is mastitis purely developed from breast feeding, lactation etc or just the sucking of nipple that develops it and therefore infects?

Is mastitis purely developed from breast feeding, lactation etc or just the sucking of nipple that develops it and therefore infects?

Mastitis: There are 2 types of mastitis:
1- lactational, breast feeding related
2- non lactational: could be related to trauma to breast, infections elsewhere in the body, e.g. Uti, teeth work, sinusitis, etc. ...Read more

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Recently stopped breast feeding my 19 month old. Now under my nipple is a very painful, hard lump. Very scared and in quite a bit of pain.

Recently stopped breast feeding my 19 month old. Now under my nipple is a very painful, hard lump. Very scared and in quite a bit of pain.

Mastitis: Mastitis is inflammation of the breast tissue/mammary ducts due to milk stasis or bacterial infection. Moist warm compresses and anti-inflammatory medication may help alleviate the discomfort. You need to visit your doc to see if antibiotics are also required. ...Read more

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My wife says she has been experiencing sharp pains in breasts, sore nipples and pink. She has been breast feeding our new borne. Should we be worried?

My wife says she has been experiencing sharp pains in breasts, sore nipples and pink. She has been breast feeding our new borne. Should we be worried?

Probably not: In the first few days and sometimes week or two of breastfeeding it can be painful. This is especially true if first child. There are many things you can do to relieve pain and the la leche league can be a good resource. If there is localized heat or redness or you have a fever there may be an infection and should see a provider to confirm. Even with infection you do not have to stop feeding. ...Read more

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Puss drainage from my nipple. I'm not breast feeding. Is it an infection?

Yes: If it really is pus, yes. If it just a whitish discharge it could be normal or not. If in doubt, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is breast and nipple tenderness normal in the first month or so of breast feeding?

Is breast and nipple tenderness normal in the first month or so of breast feeding?

Yes: This is pretty common. Some women get so sore they just give up. Call your local la leche chapter for support and tips on helping the tenderness. ...Read more

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What could be reasons of sore nipples? I'm not breast feeding and I don't have a baby...

What could be reasons of sore nipples? I'm not breast feeding and I don't have a baby...

Bra friction: Joggers often get sore nipples from friction. Small amounts of weight gain can increase breast size causing the usual bra to fit too tight. Hormone changes like estrogen from medications can also cause. ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more


Pierced Nipple (Definition)

Pierced nipple = body piercing ...Read more