early-onset nipple pain

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy two-week birthday to my second son! I’ve taken to calling him Segundo, after the musician Compay Segundo, naturally. He’s breastfeeding like a champ, but it took me a week or so to remember how to breastfeed a newborn. I stopped breastfeeding my older son this April, when he was 19 months old, and turns out there’s just a tiny difference between the two.

Early onset nipple pain is typically a result of improper latch or positioning. As with anything else, prevention is the best treatment, but many women don’t even realize they’re doing anything wrong until the pain has already set in. Including myself! So in honor of Segundo, here’s a link to Dr. Jack Newman’s handout on sore nipples, with excellent tips and advice on alleviating the pain and correcting the source of the problem.

Happy holidays and happy nursing!

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