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Are cracked nipples within breastfeeding normal?

Are cracked nipples within breastfeeding normal?

Common: Unfortunately, cracked nipples are very common while breastfeeding. There are several over the counter preparations available to help and many experts recommend cabbage leaves for this. The Laleache League is a great resource for help with this and all issues related to breast feeding. Hope this helps.

Callous (Definition)

Callus is a noun meaning a localized thickening of the skin, and a verb meaning to form that skin thickening (especially on the palm of a hand or the sole of a foot, caused by repeated pressure or friction). Callous has a meaning related to callus, but callous is not used to describe skin. As an adjective, it means toughened or unfeeling. As a verb, it means to make or ...Read more


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What to do about nipple infected after I stopped breastfeeding?

What to do about nipple infected after I stopped breastfeeding?

Nipple Infections: Should be treated with warm compresses, topical antibiotic ointment, and possibly oral antibiotics depending in the severity of the infection. See you doctor for evaluation. They can sometimes be severe enough to need incision and drainage.

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What can I do if my nipples crack and bleed while breastfeeding?

What can I do if my nipples crack and bleed while breastfeeding?

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!

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Should I stop breastfeeding until my cracked, scabbed nipples heal?

Should I stop breastfeeding until my cracked, scabbed nipples heal?

No: I would try to increase the spacing between feeding somewhat, be sure the latch is good, and put something like lanolin on your breasts.

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I stopped breastfeeding and now my nipple is infected. What should I do?

I stopped breastfeeding and now my nipple is infected. What should I do?

Breast infection: See your doctor for antibiotic treatment. You should also apply hot compresses to the breast several times a day

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What is the best way to treat thrush on your nipples when breastfeeding?

What is the best way to treat thrush on your nipples when breastfeeding?

Topical antifungal: Thrush is a fungal infection. Treatment with antifungal medication orally for your newborn and topically to your breast is necessary to clear the infection.

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I've been breastfeeding for 4 months and a white spot on nipple, please help?

White spot: A white spot on nipple may indicate a blocked milk duct. Use warm compresses to help open the duct

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What to do if I have severe cracked nipples and its not from breastfeeding, please help on cures?

What to do if I have severe cracked nipples and its not from breastfeeding, please help on cures?

Lanolin: Even if you are not nursing, the lanolin sold next to breast feeding supplies for sore and cracked nipples may be very useful for your condition.

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I am suffering from sore painful nipples. I am not breastfeeding and have no children. I need some help to treat the condition.?

I am suffering from sore painful nipples. I am not breastfeeding and have no children. I need some help to treat the condition.?

Any craking of skin: Is there any discharge from the nipples, is the skin dry and fissured as dry and eczematous skin can be painful. Also hormonal changes during different periods of menstrual cycle, fibrocystic disease of breasts - a condition affecting both breasts -a non-malignant condition, high prolatin level (hormone) level and turgid milk secretion near nipple may cause pain. U need to be seen by your doctor.

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I am breastfeeding my baby. He's a month old but I have cracked nipples. It bleeds sometimes. What can I use? It hurts to breastfeed.

I am breastfeeding my baby. He's a month old but I have cracked nipples. It bleeds sometimes. What can I use? It hurts to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding: Nipples that are cracked and bleeding can be from incorrect latching or positioning. Correct positioning and latching may help. Lanolin can also be used. If redness or severe pain develop then those could be a sign of yeast infection. See a lactation consultant or knowledgeable physician.

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I quit breastfeeding in August. Since then I occasionally notice yellow discharge coming from my nipples. Is this normal? When will it go away?

I quit breastfeeding in August. Since then I occasionally notice yellow discharge coming from my nipples. Is this normal? When will it go away?

Breast discharge: After stopping breastfeeding is not unusual and can continue for several months. Discharge will continue especially if nipples are stimulated by touch. Followup with your doctor if you are also having breast tenderness or soreness or if you are having bloody discharge.

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I an breastfeeding and I have tissue damage on my one nipple, it is very painful, what can I do? I am applying cream, should I continue to feed?

Breast pain: It is very common to get mastitis, a superficial inflammatory condition, and cracks and fissures in the nipple that can get infected, while breast feeding. Local cremes should help, but if the symptoms don't clear, you should call your doctor and explore alternative treatments. You can try pumping and collect the milk if only for the short term until the condition heals.

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My areola right by my nipples is inflamed and has clear discharge it started out almost like a dry flakey and now it's like this. I was breastfeeding.

My areola right by my nipples is inflamed and has clear discharge it started out almost like a dry flakey and now it's like this. I was breastfeeding.

Nipple/areola rash: Nipples can get dry and irritated easily, especially in winter. This is particularly true when a woman is breastfeeding because saliva and stretching irritate the delicate nipple and areola skin further. If switching to a non-soap cleansing bar and moisturizing with petrolatum doesn't help, please see your dermatologist. There are other nipple/areola conditions that need to be ruled out.

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What are the breastfeeding implications if you have nipple candidiasis?

What are the breastfeeding implications if you have nipple candidiasis?

Sore cracked nipples: Candida can cause thrush (baby's mouth), and may make your nipples very sore, and more likely to crack and bleed. Sore nipples may make you reluctant to nurse, which will reduce your milk production. Candida thrives in warm, dark, moist places-exactly the environment in your bra! Avoid occlusive nursing pads, air your breasts, and apply the antifungal cream recommended by your doctor.

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Breastfeeding, my nipple have yellowish pimpils, is it an infection?

Breastfeeding, my nipple have yellowish pimpils, is it an infection?

Concerning: These may represent milk ducts that are full but concerning would be a skin infection or worse yet, mastitis. This would be most concerning if in addition to the pimples you have redness, pain, swelling, fever, joint aches and overall feeling bad. You need to call your doctor or lactation consultant to discuss your physical findings in detail and if needed go in for an exam and be treated.

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How can I prepare my nipples for breastfeeding?

How can I prepare my nipples for breastfeeding?

Relaxation: Your body is producing the necessary hormones during pregnancy to prepare you for breastfeeding. The most important thing is to relax and not stress about it. Teaching your baby the correct latch, breastfeeding early on (in delivery room if possible!) and breastfeeding frequenty (10-12 times daily) in the first couple of days will best prepare your breasts successful breastfeeding.

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Why do nipples itch while breastfeeding?

Different things: It could be dermatitis or yeast from staying wet much of the time. You can air dry them between feedings or use nipple shields that keep them from direct contact with wet clothing. You can find those at a breastfeeding supply store. You can put lotrimin (clotrimazole) af cream on them 3 times a day for a week to clear up yeast. You just wipe off any excess before feeding, but don't worry about a small amount.

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


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