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breast-feeding is a sign of a problem and should not
be ignored. Although sore or tender nipples are common during the first few
days of breast-feeding, it should improve. Normal soreness or pain usually
occurs for about a minute when the baby first latches on to the breast. Pain
that is severe or continuous or that occurs again after it seemed to resolve is
a sign of a problem and should be corrected. Other problems may include
cracked, bleeding, or bruised nipples.
Sometimes sore nipples
develop when the baby begins to suck harder because he or she is not getting
milk quickly. This often is caused by:
Sore nipples and breasts may also result from:
April 13, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
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