SORE OR CRACKED NIPPLE
mothers suffer from sore or cracked nipples 3-6 days after
birth. These sore nipples range from nipple tenderness, which
quickly goes away after the baby latches on. However sometimes
the soreness can be very painful and prevents mothers to breastfeed
their baby. If the soreness is bad and you do have to feed
the baby use nipple protectors which will be convenient for
breastfeeding. There are things that you can do to help such
a condition without rushing to the doctor.
First of all check the nipple condition. If the nipples hurt
so badly that you dread the next nursing, then you can use
an electric breast pump which can be handy. Pump often, about
every 1½ hours for short periods of time (approximately 5-8
minutes). This way you can avoid the pain from breastfeeding.
Once your nipple heals reintroduce the breast to the baby
for every other feeding until there is no tenderness upon
latch-on. Return to regular feedings at the breast as soon
as you are able.
Things you can do to avoid nipple soreness:
Correct positioning and latch is essential. Thus latch
on the baby properly while feeding him.
nursing positions for at least the first week. Limit the
amount of time that you nurse on the sore nipple, and
always start with the side that is not sore.
bra pads, and change them frequently to keep your nipples
frequently and regularly to avoid nipple confusion and
a little hand expressed milk into your nipples after you
are finished nursing, and let them air dry.
your nipples with water only. Do not put any soap or anything
containing alcohol on them.
can also express a little milk before breastfeeding to
regularize the flow of milk.
You can also use nipple protectors for a while as long
as your nipples don't heal.