24 March 2012 by , No Comments

Sore nipples is one of the most common problems encountered by mothers when they breastfeed their newborns. This shouldn’t cause any alarm since this doesn’t call for any emergency check-up. Sore nipples aren’t signs that you or your baby are in poor health condition.


Sore nipples can quickly be remedied by strictly adhering to these three quick and easy remedies.


This is absolutely true when we’re tackling about the problem of sore nipples if breast feeding mothers. Sore nipples can mean one of three things, or is a combination of these three causes-blockage, breast engorgement, and mastitis. If the cause of sore nipples is one of the first two reasons, then you don’t need to panic because they can be well treated by simple and easy to follow remedies which you can very well do at home or purchase over-the-counter at a pharmacy.


Your nipples might get sore because of a blockage somewhere along the path of your milk duct. This can cause not only sore nipples but a heavy and tender feeling of the entire breast. It can happen to one or both of your breasts. You don’t need to stop breastfeeding when this happens. You’re not sick or you’re no carrying nay viral or bacterial infection of any kind. A milk duct blockage can cause an extreme deal of pain, but it’s not going to induce fever in any way.


You can still continue nursing, but be sure to do the necessary intervention first before you nurse your newborn. Apply a warm compress on the painful part of your breast and nipples for a couple of minutes. The compress should be warm, but not hot. You don’t want your nipples to be crispy and done once you’re baby is ready to breastfeed.


Do this occasionally even when you don’t have any milk duct blockage on your breasts. Preventing any milk supply blockage is better than experiencing the pain and soreness.


Engorgement will make your breasts look bigger because of an excess on the supply and storage of milk in your milk ducts. This is not a disease nor is it an abnormality, so don’t be alarmed. It will cause you a great deal of pain because a great deal of milk trapped inside your breasts is being pulled down by gravity.


The only solution to this is to express them through traditional breastfeeding methods or by pumping them out into bottles. Mothers who usually experience these are new to the concept of parenthood and don’t know the importance of breastfeeding to the health of the infant.


It’s just going to be a matter of explaining to these new mothers that breastfeeding is essential not only to nourish their newborns, but at the same time is important so they don’t feel any type of discomfort brought about the post-partum effects of delivery.


Mastitis on the other hand is bacterial and should be attended to by a physician immediately. Not only does mastitis cause soreness but also pain and fever as well. Mothers who have mastitis are contraindicated to breastfeed until their infection is cured and the bacterial infection is gone for good.

Do alternate breastfeeding when both of your nipples are sore. In this way, your nipples will recover faster. You cannot stop nursing altogether since this might lead to blockage in one of both of your milk ducts.


You need to air dry your sore nipples after each breast feeding session to aid in faster healing. Breastfeeding should be more frequent but should be done in shorter durations. Again, you cannot stop nursing altogether. You cannot stop nursing because your infant needs a constant supply of milk from your breasts. Whatever your method is in breastfeeding, whether it’s nursing directly from the breast or expressing the milk and storing them in bottles, it is essential that you extract milk from your breast despite the fact that they are sore and are causing you a great deal of discomfort.


When bathing, be gentle on your sore nipples. If possible, don’t apply any harsh soaps or lotions directly on your sore nipples. This will lead to dryness which in turn can aggravate the sore nipple situation and may very well lead to your nipples to develop cracks. Cracked nipples are most likely to develop infections than sore nipples do.


If you cannot bear the pain anymore, seek for a doctor’s advice on what pain medication can you take while breastfeeding. There are only a limited number of pain killers which you can use while you’re breastfeeding. Don’t self-prescribe yourself with over-the-counter products since these drugs can alter the chemistry and composition of the breast milk that you provide your newborn.


If the pain doesn’t go away after a week and you have developed fever in the process, it’s advisable to go to a physician and have them check if the sore nipples are caused by any bacterial or viral infection. If this is the case, this is the only time that you can stop nursing your newborn for the time being.


These causes of sore nipples can be very well prevented if only a newborn’s mother had the time to educate herself about the fine tuning positioning and proper latching techniques. On your last trimester of pregnancy, try to read materials and articles about the proper way to breast feed and latching to prevent the hassle and pain of having sore and swollen nipples.


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