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Breastfeeding and Nipple Soreness

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about nipple soreness?

You may have sore or tender nipples when you start to breastfeed. Nipple soreness is usually caused by incorrect latch and positioning. After you have found a position that works and your baby has a good latch, breastfeeding should be comfortable. You should not have pain, blisters, or bruises when you breastfeed. Your nipples should not crack, scab, or bleed. Engorgement may also cause nipple soreness.

What can I do to manage nipple soreness?

What can I do to prevent nipple soreness?

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