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Causes Of Sore Nipple Not Due To Breastfeeding
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
I am breastfeeding my 8 month old daughter. For about the past 6-7 days, my breasts(nipples) have been very sore and bleeding what could be the cause?
Well stop feeding on: That side - or use a breast pump to get mild gently. But need to discuss this with your ob/gyn. ...Read more
Mastitis?: Mastitis is a breast inflammation usually caused by infection. Mild cases may occur with breast feeding or around the time of breast feeding. The simple build up of breast milk and no relief of the pressure since feedings stopped may also cause discomfort under the nipple. Warm compresses may help, medications may be needed such as anti-inflammatories or antibiotics. Best to see you Dr. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Breastfeeding my 3 month old and my nipples are getting more sore by the day. Only hurt for first 2 weeks. Possible reasons?
Yeast/ thrush: If you successfully made it through the initial discomfort you have likely mastered having the baby latch on correctly. The most common cause of nipple soreness later in breast feeding would be thrush- a yeast issue. Your baby may have white spots in the mouth as well as your nipple being sore. It is easily treated- see you MD. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many possibilities: I suggest working with a qualified IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to figure out what the cause is for your situation. Find one near you at http://www.ilca.org/ Then you can address the cause to help with the soreness. Causes could range from latch and positioning, to a tongue-tied baby, to thrush...impossible to say without observing a feed and examining mom & baby. ...Read more