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Is it normal for breastfeeding to hurt me?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Breastfeeding pain

During the first week or so, you can experience pain on the nipples which will disappear eventually.
Make sure that your baby's lips are not sucking directly on the nipple - the whole nipple should be located behind baby's gumline so that the lips are around the areola (dark area around the nipple) where the sucking should take place.

In brief: Breastfeeding pain

During the first week or so, you can experience pain on the nipples which will disappear eventually.
Make sure that your baby's lips are not sucking directly on the nipple - the whole nipple should be located behind baby's gumline so that the lips are around the areola (dark area around the nipple) where the sucking should take place.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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Dr. Rajan Gupta
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Occasionally

Occasionally it can be painful.

In brief: Occasionally

Occasionally it can be painful.
Dr. Rajan Gupta
Dr. Rajan Gupta
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Dr. Theresa Willett
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

While breastfeeding is the best and most natural way to feed your baby, it won't always feel like it! most moms report pain during the first week of starting breastfeeding, as well as at the first few minutes of feeds after that.
A big source of pain is a 'shallow' latch, so try repositioning if a feed is very painful, and of course ask your providers for more specific suggestions!

In brief: Yes

While breastfeeding is the best and most natural way to feed your baby, it won't always feel like it! most moms report pain during the first week of starting breastfeeding, as well as at the first few minutes of feeds after that.
A big source of pain is a 'shallow' latch, so try repositioning if a feed is very painful, and of course ask your providers for more specific suggestions!
Dr. Theresa Willett
Dr. Theresa Willett
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