I’d always looked forward to breast-feeding as one of those healthful bonding experiences for my baby and me. But instead it’s made my nipples so incredibly sore that I’m ready to buy caseloads of formula. Is there any way I can breast-feed without pain?
It’s common to have some nipple soreness in the first few days of nursing. But after that, pain often suggests a problem with your baby’s position at the breast.
When nursing, your baby should take both your nipple and the entire pinkish circle around your nipple – called the areola – in her mouth. If she takes just your nipple, every suck will pull at your breast and cause a little pain. I suggest you review your nursing technique with your health care provider or lactation consultant. Breast-feeding should be joyful…and pain-free!