Breastfeeding and Nipple Soreness


What nipple problems may I have while I am breastfeeding? You may have sore nipples during the first 1 to 2 weeks of breastfeeding. Your nipple and areola (the dark area around your nipple) may look red and feel sore. After the first week of breastfeeding, this discomfort should decrease. It should not hurt to breastfeed. It is never normal for your nipples to bruise or get blisters. Your nipples should not crack, scab, or bleed.

What causes nipple soreness?

What conditions can lead to nipple soreness?

How can nipple soreness affect breastfeeding? You may feel tense if it hurts to breastfeed. This tense feeling may prevent milk from traveling to your nipple (milk let-down). If your baby needs to suck harder to get milk, this can make your nipple pain worse. Do not wait to get help if your nipples are cracked, sore, or painful. You may want to stop breastfeeding when you have sore nipples. Caregivers recommend breastfeeding for at least 6 months.

How can I manage nipple soreness?

How can I prevent nipple soreness?

What should I know about having a pierced nipple and breastfeeding? Remove your jewelry before breastfeeding. Nipple jewelry is dangerous for a breastfeeding baby. Your baby may swallow your jewelry or hurt his mouth or lips on it. Tell your caregiver if your pierced nipple hurts while you breastfeed.

When should I schedule a follow-up visit with my caregiver? Follow up with your caregiver as directed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits. Your caregiver may suggest that you see a lactation consultant. This is a caregiver who can help you with breastfeeding.

Where can I get more information?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:


You have the right to choose how you feed your baby. To help with this plan, you must learn as much as you can about breastfeeding. Ask your caregiver for more information, or join a group with other breastfeeding mothers. You and your caregiver can work together to plan the best way to feed your baby.The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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