Doctors recommend breastfeeding for at least a year, but many women wind up with sore nipples within months.
“Breastfeeding, when it’s your first baby, can be so, so painful,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.
If your nipples are red or hot, call your doctor. Nipple shields can help, but only use them after you’ve consulted a lactation specialist.
|Common Cause of Sore Nipples
|Baby improperly latches onto nipple or baby has trouble suckling properly
||In both cases, working with a lactation specialist to learn breastfeeding and positioning techniques will help alleviate the problem.
|Raw, irritated skin||Lanolin cream can soothe affected areas.
|Candida, or yeast infection of the nipple
||Antifungal cream prescribed by your doctor.|
• Learn more about breastfeeding techniques.