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My Nipple Hurts
Lactation consultant: You may want to meet with a local lactation consultant who can physically observe how your baby is latching on. When babies latch to the nipple tip only (instead of latching around the areola/dark ring), nipple soreness and ineffective feeding occurs. Another possible cause is a fungal infection, especially if your baby has thrush in the mouth. ...Read more
Painful nursing : Breast feeding can be challenging and uncomfortable for the first few weeks after delivery. Infants who latch to the nipple tip (instead of on the entire areola), candida infections of the nipple, and engorgement can all cause pain during nursing. Lactation consultants can be invaluable in making the experience as wonderful as it should be. ...Read more
Nipple Pain: Some women experience pain of nipples when stressed or cold due to vasospasm (raynaud’s of the nipple). Allergies to deodorants, lotions ; soap can cause pain. Eczema or psoriasis can lead to nipple pain. When the nipple is engorged it can cause pain. Hormonal changes can cause (puberty, pms, period, pregnancy ; breast feeding). Thrush or bacterial infections can lead to pain. Friction against. ...Read more
One nipple: Hi a nipple hurting can have many causes. Trauma, hormones, breastfeeding, and even rarely cancer. Please see a surgeon that specializes in diseases of the breast for a complete exam perhaps even a biopsy. Serious conditions are uncommon but early intervention can be a life saver. ...Read more
Depends: Have you had recent surgery? Is it both nipples? Is it more sensitive than it has been in the past? Are there hormonal influences? Any history of trauma? Infection? Best is to see your regular md for an evaluation and referral if necessary. ...Read more
Possible infection?: See a doctor to evaluate for possible infection, cultures and to prescribe antibiotics. ...Read more
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