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Sore Nipples - What Can It Be?

Most women will experience some nipple tenderness when they are learning to breastfeed. If you are experiencing pain that makes you “curl your toes”, or if your nipples have cracking, your body is sending a signal that something is not right. β €
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π‘·π’“π’†π’ˆπ’π’‚π’π’„π’š β–ΆοΈ If you are breastfeeding and pregnant you may have tender nipples, especially in the earlier stages. β €
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𝑰𝒏𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 π’‘π’–π’Žπ’‘ β–ΆοΈ It is SUPER important that you are using the correct flange size.β €
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𝑩𝒓𝒂 𝒕𝒐𝒐 π’•π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•β–ΆοΈ Make sure you have a nicely fitted nursing bra, preferably without wiring. β €
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𝑩𝒂𝒅 π’‘π’π’”π’Šπ’•π’Šπ’π’ β–ΆοΈ Try switching positions. Sometimes this helps a baby latch better. β €
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π‘ͺπ’‚π’π’…π’Šπ’…π’‚ β–ΆοΈ Candida is a yeast infection that can be transferred back and forth between mom and baby. Women with yeast-infected nipples typically have a sudden onset of pain. A baby with a yeast infection will have white patches in the mouth on the gums or cheeks (called thrush) or may have a bright red diaper rash that does not respond to regular diaper creams. β €
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π‘΄π’Šπ’π’Œ 𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒃/π’ƒπ’π’Šπ’”π’•π’†π’“ β–ΆοΈ A milk bleb or blister occurs when a thin layer of skin grows over the opening of a nipple pore, blocking the flow of milk from that pore. You may see a small white dot on the end of the nipple. The pressure from the backup of milk behind the pore can cause intense nipple pain. β €
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𝑷𝒐𝒐𝒓 𝑳𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉 β–ΆοΈ In the first couple of weeks, an incorrect latch is often the cause sore nipples. Mom and baby are still learning. If the problem continues, try making an appointment with your LC. β €
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π‘»π’π’π’ˆπ’–π’† π‘»π’Šπ’†β–ΆοΈ The movement of baby’s tongue is very important to the mechanics of breastfeeding. If you suspect that your baby may have a tongue-tie, it is important to have it assessed by someone experienced in working with tongue-ties.β €
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π‘½π’‚π’”π’π’‘π’‚π’”π’Ž β–ΆοΈ Some women have sharp, burning nipple pain after a feed and notice the end of their nipple turning white (blanching). This is caused by a spasm of the blood vessels in the nipple. Women who have had a yeast infection or have had cracked or damaged nipples are at risk for this. Cover the breast immediately after feeding or try holding a warm rice bag or hot water bottle against your chest. β €
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π‘†π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘π‘’: 𝐢𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑦&π½π‘Žπ‘›π‘Ž 𝑅𝑁,𝐿𝐢., π‘€π‘œπ‘œπ‘šπ‘¦π‘šπ‘–π‘™π‘˜



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