Sore Nipples

September 15, 2011 | No comments | Breast Feeding Support

Correct positioning during breastfeeding is the most important factor in preventing sore nipples. Tenderness experienced with latching is common during the first week or two; however this discomfort should lessen as the infant begins rhythmical suckling. If it is necessary to take the infant off of the breast during a feeding make sure to break the suction by gently inserting your finger in between baby’s gums prior to removing from the breast. If soreness is present throughout the entire feeding, or if blisters, cracks, or bleeding occur to the nipples, you should be evaluated by a lactation consultant.