How can I cure my sore nipples and breast pain?
Real Mom Problem
“I feel horrible. I'm in so much pain when she latches and throughout the latch.”
- 1. Moms recommend soothing sore nipples with breastmilk, a warm shower, breast shells, or a nipple cream
- 2. Keep your nipples dry and let them air dry as often as possible
- 3. If you continue to experience pain, see a lactation consultant for help improving baby's latch and healing your breasts
Real Mom Solutions
Do you love nursing your baby but hate the pain that goes along with it? You can breastfeed successfully without experiencing sore nipples. If you're having nipple or breast pain from nursing or a bad latch, use these moms' tips to cure your pain and cracked nipples.
The best thing I found is breast shells. NOT the silicone fake-nipple-on-top-of-real-nipple used during feedings, but a hard plastic "dome" shell that you wear between feedings. The plastic shells helped keep anything from rubbing on my nipple.
You have to keep the nipple clean and dry. If possible, expose it to air -- it is the constant wetness that chafes the nipple. Also, stand in a warm shower and let the water hit your breasts.
It could be her latch that is causing pain. Baby's lips should curl out around the nipple and she should have a good amount of the areola inside her mouth. A lactation consultant might really help you.
Before nursing soak your nipple in warm water to soften any damaged skin or scabs. This makes it less likely that something damaged will rip open again when baby nurses. Apply coat of Lansinoh or similar breast cream that is safe for baby before nursing. This can help avoid more damage during the initial latch. If it hurts after the initial first latch, unlatch baby and re-latch.
I've found the most relief from the Medela Hydrogel Pads. They are amazing and have really helped me heal.
For cracking nipples, breast milk works wonders. Use it instead of a cream. Just let it air dry on your nipples.