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What could be the cause of my dry, cracked nipples?

What could be the cause of my dry, cracked nipples?

DRY NIPPLES: Nipples are part of the skin. If you neglect to put lotions, it will dry up and crack. If you have steroid cream, try putting a thin layer to cure it. ...Read more

Cracked Nipples (Definition)

Soaps and harsh washing or drying of the breasts and nipples can cause extreme dryness and cracking and should be avoided. Some experts recommend leaving milk on the nipple after feeding and allowing it to dry and protect the nipple. Keeping the nipples dry is important to prevent cracking and infection. For cracked nipples, apply ...Read more


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What could cause cracked nipples and soreness?

What could cause cracked nipples and soreness?

Hard to say: Hard to say what is causing it , unless you are nursing. There are some excellent breast creams that can help a mild case such as mother's friend. Moisturizers such as eucerin will help the cracking if not nursing. ...Read more

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What can cure cracked nipples?

What can cure cracked nipples?

Moisturizing lotions: I like water-based moisturizing lotions. My favorites are dml lotion and dml forte cream. These are water based, and don't have any fragrences or colorings that could cause skin irritations. http://www.personandcovey.com/productdetail.asp?productid=19. ...Read more

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How can I cure cracked nipples?

Lanolin cream: Lanolin cream applied 4 x per day often helps. You can also express breast milk onto your nipples and let it dry, the fat from the breast milk helps to soothe the cracked skin. ...Read more

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What can I take to reduce the soreness around cracked nipples?

Sore nipples: You can apply the cream they give you at the hospital for the soreness to calm down. You could also wash off your nipple after each fedign&then squeeze some breast milk & rub it over the nipples. This helps it heal faster. Also, when the baby is made to unlatch at the breast you insert your little finger in the corner of his/ her mouth before you pull his/ her mouth away to avoid more cracking. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Cracked nipples is really bothering my wife who is feeding our1 week old baby.Extremely painful. How to get out of it?

Cracked nipples is really bothering my wife who is feeding our1 week old baby.Extremely painful.  How to get out of it?

Shield and lotion: A nipple shield and a lanolin-based lotion might be just the ticket. The nipple shield is a small, silicone shield worn over the nipple during breast feeding to protect it. The lanolin-based lotion will help to protect and restore the skin around the nipple and areola. She should be able to find both at any good store that sells stuff for babies and moms. ...Read more

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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


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