Sore Breastfeeding

Sore Breastfeeding (Causes and Remedies)

Sore breastfeeding? Here’s help.

You have likely arrived at this article because you have questions about sore breastfeeding. Right?

So stick around till the end of this article, because I will be sharing some helpful tips about the common causes of sore breastfeeding and some simple remedies.

Let’s get started!

Breastfeeding the baby is not easy for every mother. Many women experience sore breastfeeding, especially in the first days after birth. 

Today mothers are advised to breastfeed their baby exclusively if possible for at least six months. 

Breast milk is healthy, practical, and available at the right temperature and composition at any time and anywhere. 

Breast milk adapts itself to the needs of the baby – within a breastfeeding meal and also with the growing child.

But even if women have made a firm commitment to breastfeeding their baby during pregnancy, problems can still occur. 

This does not necessarily mean that the milk has to be pumped out and you only give your child a bottle.  

A few simple tricks can help alleviate the symptoms. Let’s take a look at the most common causes of sore breastfeeding and solutions. 

Causes of Sore Breastfeeding and Remedies

Causes of Sore Breastfeeding and Remedies

Here are 5 common causes of sore breastfeeding and some simple things you can do to relieve pain while breastfeeding. 

1- Pressure pain

Pressure pain

Most women experience severe suction pain in the first few days after birth. This usually occurs at the beginning of breastfeeding before the milk flows. 

The pain should go away on its own in the first few weeks. 

It is normal at the beginning that breastfeeding is uncomfortable because the nipple has to get used to the pressure.


  • If the pain does not subside, the baby’s position may not be appropriate when breastfeeding. 
  • The correct position is important. Let a midwife or breastfeeding consultant show you the breastfeeding positions.

2- Pain when milk is introduced

Pain when milk is introduced

Sore breastfeeding can occur due when milk is introduced. It happens that women are in pain when milk is introduced. 

This occurs about 3 to 4 days after birth. 

Then milk production really begins. The breasts are often hard and tight. 


  • Breastfeeding your baby frequently can relieve the tension. 
  • Cooling or warming wraps can also help relieve the pain.

3- The baby is not latching properly

The baby is not latching properly

Painful nipples and sore breastfeeding often occur when the baby is not sucking properly or is not well-positioned to reach the nipple. 

Other reasons can be a tongue band that is too short for the baby or flat and hollow nipples in the mother. 

The same applies here: Ask a midwife about breastfeeding the child. 

If you experience sore breastfeeding due to poor latching. You can try the following:

  • Touch the baby’s lips with the nipple, wait until he opens his mouth wide, and then quickly pull him towards the breast with his mouth open. With that, the baby’s mouth is put over or on the breast.

Now I have picked out a YouTube video that you should watch if you have not yet found a way to put your baby on pain-free breastfeeding.

They show the asymmetrical application, in which the breast is not inserted centrally into the mouth with the nipple first.

Instead, the large breast is compressed parallel to the baby’s lips in the hand or between two fingers and the baby’s mouth is touched with the side of the breast facing him so that the nipple points towards the baby’s nose.

When the baby opens his mouth, he is brought up to the breast with his lower lip and the breast is rolled from the nose with his finger into his mouth or pushed in slightly.

Sounds complicated? But actually, it is very simple …

Check it out in this video.

4- Breast infection or thrush while breastfeeding

Breast infection

If your nipples are itchy and burning and you feel a sharp pain while breastfeeding, you could be suffering from yeast infection in you or thrush while breastfeeding.

Sore breastfeeding can happen when breast infection is present or with thrush while breastfeeding.

It is important to inform a doctor about the problems. 

In addition to your doctors prescription and medications, you can do the following precautions:

  • Make sure you wash your bras and nightgowns with bleach and hot water. 
  • You can use a nursing pad to prevent your nipples from touching your clothes, which can help stop the spread of the fungus.
  • Allowing your skin to air-dry before putting your bra back on after breast-feeding will help avoid a yeast infection.

5- Mastitis


According to Mayoclinic:

“Mastitis is an inflammation of breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection. The inflammation results in breast pain, swelling, warmth, and redness. You might also have a fever and chills.”

In this case, you must consult your doctor. 

To reduce your chance of getting sore breastfeeding caused by Mastitis, the following options can be tried.

  • Breastfeed your baby frequently, i.e. every two hours, and relieve the breast pain by pumping.
  • Let your baby empty one breast before switching to the other one breast every breastfeeding session.
  • Make sure to change your breastfeeding position from one feeding to the next.
  • Make sure your baby is latching on properly every breastfeeding.

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Simple Remedies For Sore Breastfeeding

1- Change breastfeeding positions several times a day and do not always give your baby the same breast to protect the nipples and prevent sore breastfeeding.

2- A massage of the nipple or breast before breastfeeding can help the baby nurse properly. Get advice from a specialist.

3- After breastfeeding, you can spread some breast milk on the nipple and let it dry.

4- Wash your nipples with water once a day.

5- If necessary, use nursing pads made of silk or wool and change them frequently.

6- Breastfeed your baby frequently and for shorter periods. 

7- If you want to take your baby off your breast, you should use your finger to release the space between his/her mouth and nipple.

8- You can pump your breast milk to relieve some breast pressure. 

9- Lansinoh ointment (pure lanolin ointment) can also help heal sore nipples.

Last Things to Remember About Sore Breastfeeding

Make sure to get help from an experienced breastfeeding consultant if you experience the following:

  • Intense, excruciating pain
  • Pain that continues through the entire feeding
  • Pain between feedings
  • Pain that continues past the first couple of weeks
  • Skin damage–cracks, blisters, or bleeding

As always, it is your health care provider who can best advise you on everything about breastfeeding. 

Do not forget to consult your healthcare provider or lactation consultant for any type of doubt or problem related to breastfeeding. 

Having a lactation consultant near you who observe and make recommendations can be helpful in any possible frustrating situation.

If you want to learn more about breastfeeding without leaving at the comfort of your home. I highly recommend this online breastfeeding class provided by a certified lactation consultant. 

Lastly, For additional breastfeeding information, please consult a lactation consultant near you or call Breastfeeding CDC at 800-232-4636

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