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Breastfeeding 101: How to Deal With Sore Nipples

by Tara Fleming

Motherhood is an exciting, fulfilling experience. However, it can be quite overwhelming for first-time mothers. One day, you are shopping for baby bath accessories and baby diapers in Malaysia, then the next day, you are struggling to deal with some parenting challenges. 

One of the challenges you will face as a new mom is the pain associated with breastfeeding. The Pain during breastfeeding sessions is an issue that should not be ignored. Tender or sore nipples while breastfeeding is common, but still be addressed along the way. 

This pain or soreness typically happens for around one minute, when the little one first latches onto the breast. If you experience severe pain in a longer period of time, then it’s best to consult your physician. Other problems that may occur on the nipples are bleeding, bruising and cracking.

Sore nipples can also develop when the infant starts to suck much harder, because she or he is not getting breast milk quickly. This is often caused by the following: 

  • Poor let-down reflex
  • Inverted nipples
  • Improper positioning
  • Issues with latching on

During and Before Breastfeeding

  • Express a bit of breast milk before a feeding session. Doing so would soften the nipples, and help with the let-down reflex, so your baby can gently and easily latch on. 
  • Change the position of the baby with every nursing session. This can change the pressure from the mouth of the baby to a different part of  your breast. 
  • If your physician agrees, take a small dosage of acetaminophen, like Tylenol, around 30 minutes before you breastfeed the baby.
  • See to it that your child is latching on properly. Feel free to research on this, to make sure that your baby is latching on correctly. 
  • In order to minimize discomfort, begin breastfeeding on the side which is less sore, and then switch to the other one. 

Breast Treatment and Care for Sore Nipples 

  • Allow breast milk to dry on the nipples. It has natural antibodies and skin softeners to fight infection, helping in the healing process of the nipples, keep them healthier. 
  • Let the nipples air dry after every feeding. This can prevent your clothes from irritating, and sticking to the breasts. 
  • To lessen the pain, feel free to apply cool compresses to the nipples right after breastfeeding. You can also use gel pads on dry nipples. 
  • Make sure to reach out to your lactation consultant or physician if the sore continues. 

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