Breastfeeding problems: sore nipples


Breastfeeding problems: sore nipples

Breastfeeding is normally painless, but when the baby begins to suck, it’s normal to feel some pain. And when the milk starts coming in, your body will go through many adjustments; so will your baby.

Here are common breastfeeding pains that many moms experience and our tips on how to remedy them.

Pain from sucking
Your nipples will take time to get used to breastfeeding — and before your baby learns how to latch properly — you may experience some pain or blisters around your nipples. Here are ways to deal with the pain.

Nipple anatomy
If your nipples are flat or inverted, it might be more challenging for your child to keep the latch on the areola and suck. It will take some time for the nipples to project out, and the process might be a little bit painful. Here are ways to help.

Cracked nipples will eventually heal as your baby latches better. In the meantime, here are things you can do to alleviate pain. 

It is normal to experience pain and discomfort, but remember that breastfeeding is not just feeding. It’s a process through which you and your child bond and learn about each other. So, give it time and space. Trust your body and trust your child, and keep on feeding.

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