How to soothe sore and cracked nipples when breastfeeding?

Many mums wonder how they can manage sore and cracked nipples when breastfeeding. Thomson Medical Centre helps to answer about managing sore and cracked nipples.

Possible solutions about managing sore and cracked nipples include:

  • Airing sore nipples
  • Vary breastfeeding positions
  • Use manual expression
  • If breast pump is used, engage the short and gentle cycle.
  • Sore and cracked nipples can be avoided or minimized by having the correct breastfeeding positions and correct latch.
  • You may also rest and air extremely  sore nipples from breastfeeding for a day and apply a nipple cream to encourage healing.
  • Manual expression or breast pumps may be used instead during this rest period.

This article about managing sore and cracked nipples is brought to you by Thomson Medical Centre.


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