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Breastfeeding & Pain: Engorgement, Clogged Ducts and Painful Latch

Beth S.
BETH S.
Lactation Consultant
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We know breastfeeding can be tough, and sometimes painful. We're here to answer all of your breastfeeding questions to help make you and baby be more comfortable. Led by Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Beth Sanders.

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Sore on nipple
KELCIE

I have what looks like an open cut on my nipple. Its not bleeding but it's very painful when nursing. What can i do to help it?

Beth
BETH

Hi Kelcie, thank you for reaching out! That sounds painful!
How old is your baby? Have your nipples always hurt since you started breastfeeding, or is this new?
Cracked nipples are almost always caused by latch issues. Latch issues can be caused from positioning mistakes or from variances in your baby's mouth, tongue, and lip.
Make sure that when you breastfeed, that you place your baby high up and very close to the breast, so that your baby can get a big wide latch on the breast, and the nipple will be deep in the mouth instead of between the gums. You might benefit from having a lactation consultant help you with positioning and evaluate your baby's mouth.

In the meantime, keep a little drop of breast milk on the crack, this will promote healing. And if you need to take a break from that side, that's fine! Just make sure to pump that side if you skip a feeding, to make sure you don't get engorged.

Hope this helps. Let me know if I can you further.
Beth

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Prickly string snapping pain.
JESSIE, PARENT OF 22 MONTH OLD

While breastfeeding my 5 week old the last few weeks on occasion there is a feeling of a prickly sensation inside the breast, opening up feeling inside, and most painfully is sort of a shooting snap that goes from my back to the front of the breast. Are these normal sensations? He’s been cluster feeding a lot since 2 weeks old.

Beth
BETH

Hi Jessie, thanks for reaching out! Yikes that sounds painful! This is not normal, and I recommend that you check with an IBCLC in your area or with your OB, as it sounds like you could have yeast.
Yeast is common, but not normal, and it can cause pain that you describe. It is easily treated, so get help! I hope you feel better soon!
Beth