Breast feeding nipples soreness and pain may have many causes. Use the troubleshooting chart as a guideline to find the cause, check, correct, and prevent nipple pain.
The most common causes of breast feeding nipples sore ness is poor positioning or latch-on, and or improper sucking by the baby. Sucking problems are commonly caused by a problem with the position or latch and usually a baby who is latched-on to the breast well will also suck properly.
Breast feeding Nipples Sore ~ Causes and Prevention
| Causes || Check, Correct and Prevent Sore Nipples |
| Newborn suckling ||Check for correct latch|
Make sure your nipple goes far back into baby's mouth
Hold baby close so that nipple isn't pulled
| Poor positioning when breast feeding ||Make sure baby has a good mouthful of breast.|
Hold baby close so that nipple isn't pulled.
| Baby is frantic or overly eager ||Respond early to baby's hunger cues.|
Help your milk to flow by expressing a small amount before baby feeds.
| Baby nursing on the end of nipple ||Break suction with your finger and re-latch.|
Use rooting reflex and wait for baby to open mouth wide.
Make sure nipple is being drawn far back into baby's mouth.
| Irritants causing breast feeding nipple soreness ||Wash breasts with water only.|
Apply Lansinoh Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers for lubrication if needed.
Wear soft and supportive bra.
Use less detergent or try different laundry products.
| Baby teething leading to more feeds or chomping on nipple ||Nurse before giving solids rather than after.|
Don't be a teething toy! Sooth baby with other techniques besides nursing.
Stop when baby bites and resume nursing when baby is hungry.
| Baby falls asleep and clamps down ||Use your finger to break suction when baby falls asleep.|
Remove baby before he falls asleep.
| Poor positioning ||Baby's body must be aligned with his head.|
Baby's head must be facing and level with breast.
| Thrush ||Consult with your doctor for thrush treatment|
Throw away or boil items that baby puts in mouth.
| Sensitivity to lotion or ointment ||Stop use.|
| Damp nipples that don't seem to dry ||Check for leaking milk.|
Stop using breast pads that have plastic liners.
Change pads frequently.
Wear only cotton-blend bras and fabrics.
Air dry breast after nursing.
| Unsupple nipple skin ||improve diet and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.|
Eliminate or decrease intake of sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes.
Stop usage of soap and drying agents on nipples.
| Poor milk let-down ||Use massage and relaxation before feeds.|
Apply moist heat before breastfeeding session.
| Tongue-tie ||Consult with pediatrician about having the frenulum clipped.|
| Helpful Products|
|Soothies Gel Pads for Breast Feeding|
Lansinoh Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers
Ameda Comfort Gel Hydrogel Pads
Avent Biodegradable Breast Pads
Avoid breast feeding nipples being sore by using proper positioning and correcting baby's latch.