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It's common for new moms to experience some tenderness in the first week of breastfeeding, but the pain shouldn't last after you get into the swing of things. The main cause of nipple pain is usually an improper latch, but it can also be caused by an infection, tongue-tie, and more. Hear how these moms found much-needed relief.
Christine: Putting on a shirt would hurt, and feeding would hurt, and the wind would hurt, and just pumping was painful. And so I didn't know how long I was going to be able to breastfeed for because it was just so painful.
Julie: There's bleeding and cracking, and it hurt every time he latched.
Tamara: I saw a lactation consultant. She just kind of talked about how his tongue should feel, how to open his mouth, and just how to work with your baby.
Rachel: The lactation consultant, she came and she put us in position, which nobody had done before. She actually was like, "Here, Esme, you could go here. And here, Rachel, you go here," you know? "Hold her like this," you know? "And then when she's ready to go, just go on.” And just kind of getting my nipple sorted, getting my body sorted. I just went for it and she went for it, and we then could exclusively breastfeed.
Emerald: I just basically had nipple cream in my pocket, in my purse, sitting next to me 24/7 to help ease the pain.
Julie: I just would hand-express breast milk and then rub it on. I would do that before nursing, after nursing, in between nursing – whenever it felt dry or, like, cracked. So that helped with healing.
Rachel: This is, like, a way that you can kind of – nipples can dry. It allows them to heal and not rub against your clothes.
Challon: So they showed me how to correctly use the nipple shield, which helped but still hurt, obviously, when she would latch on. But then after, you know, after that started healing, I had to work to get rid of the nipple shield because I didn't want to have to use that constantly.
Christine: After the second month, something clicked and it, like, got better.
Rachel: It did feel so good to finally be able to just breastfeed her after feeling like I would never get there at certain points.
Video production by Sahra Bhimji.
Medically reviewed by, lactation consultant
Last updated: September 2017