Help for Sore Nipples
Soon after your baby's birth, your nipples may be sensitive or tender as they adjust to breastfeeding. If you are having lasting pain or soreness, or if your nipples are sore, cracked, blistered, or bleeding, talk to a WIC breastfeeding staff. Our experts can help you feel more comfortable.
Causes of Nipple Pain and Solutions
|Baby's latch and positioning. If your baby isn't positioned well, you may have soreness and pain over time.||
|Nipple trauma. This may come from not releasing suction before removing your baby from your breast. Pumping with the wrong-sized flange, cleaning your breast too much, or wearing clothing that is too tight may also cause it.||
|Fungal infections. If your nipple itches, burns, cracks, or is pink or flaky, or you have shooting pain deep in your breast between feedings, you may have a fungal (yeast) infection called thrush. This infection can also cause white spots on your baby's cheeks, tongue, and gums.||
|Milk blister. A milk blister, or bleb, is a smooth, shiny, white dot on your nipple.||
When to Get Help
Remember, you don't need to breastfeed with pain! Talk to your WIC breastfeeding expert for help with sore nipples.