Most moms experience nipple soreness in the first week or two of breastfeeding. This temporary tenderness usually diminishes when the milk lets down, and disappears completely within the first week or two if baby is positioned and latched-on correctly at the breast. If soreness does not improve after three days of consistently working to correct the latch, or nipples become cracked or bleeding, or if intense pain is experienced, mom should seek professional help as soon as possible.
For treatment of moderately sore nipples:
- Pay attention to baby’s latch and correct if needed.
- Apply pure lanolin cream to nipples.
- Air dry nipples between feedings.
- Seek assistance from a lactation specialist.