Breastfeeding problems: Sore nipples

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Nipple tenderness during breastfeeding is normal, but pain is not. Learn how to prevent and treat sore nipples.

Key points

  • Nipple tenderness is common in the first week of breastfeeding.
  • Prevent soreness with proper position and latch.
  • Sore nipples are one of the leading reasons mothers stop breastfeeding.
  • Prevent and treat sore nipples when pumping.
  • Early assessment and treatment of nipple soreness is very important.
Last updated: October 16th 2020