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How can I soothe sore nipples after breastfeeding?

How can I soothe sore nipples after breastfeeding?

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 more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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What would do about sore nipples from 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! ...Read more

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What's the quickest way to heal a sore nipple due to. Breastfeeding?

What's the quickest way to heal a sore nipple due to. Breastfeeding?

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

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What are causes of sore nipple not due to breastfeeding?

Chafing or hormones: Chafing due to clothing could cause sore nipples, just as hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle or during pregnancy can cause nipple and breast soreness. ...Read more

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Why are my nipples sore after breastfeeding for 7 weeks? How can I get rid of the soreness?

Why are my nipples sore after breastfeeding for 7 weeks? How can I get rid of the soreness?

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

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Should I be worried about breastfeeding if I have sore nipples?

Should I be worried about breastfeeding if I have sore nipples?

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 more

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What could be wrong with method? I am breastfeeding. Sore nipples.

What could be wrong with method? I am breastfeeding. Sore nipples.

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

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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. ...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

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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?

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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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


Nipple Irritation (Definition)

One's breasts may provide the first signs that she is pregnant. Women's breasts often get tender and begin increasing in size very early in pregnancy. ...Read more