- To ensure a proper latch, your baby’s mouth should completely cover the nipple while nursing.
- To avoid a yeast infection, be sure to change your nursing bra and breast pads frequently, and allow your breasts to air dry immediately after a feeding.
- Try applying pure lanolin or a special nipple cream directly on the breasts in between feedings, which can help soothe sore nipples. Lanolin and nipple creams are perfectly safe for your baby, so you don’t need to wipe them off before a feeding.
- You can also apply cooling gel pads to the nipples for relief before and after feedings.
If you’ve tried some of these suggestions and you’re still experiencing nipple soreness, you may want to talk to a lactation consultant to rule out any other issues (e.g. make sure your baby isn’t tongue-tied). Typically, after observing one nursing session, a lactation consultant can quickly pinpoint what may be causing your chronic nipple pain and prescribe the appropriate form of relief.