How can I help the soreness from breastfeeding?

Hey guys I have a question! I have tried a lot of things to help but nothing is working. I breast feed my new born but he don’t latch at all so I pump an my boobs stay sore all the time an I feel like all I do is pump pump an pump. What can I do to help with the soreness…


Pump worked best for me. Warm showers massage. Try the nipple shield maybe baby will be able to latch

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time. takes a bit for your body to get used to it

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Coconut oil massages in the shower. It sounds weird but it works for me. Make sure the water is really warm. Be patient, our bodies have to get adjusted to constantly being milked :roll_eyes::weary:

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Time mostly and I’d speak with a lactation consultant

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Cabbage over breasts


Relax with the baby & Try different positions you guys will figure it out. Proud of you for still trying! If you feel calm it will be natural for baby. Good luck


Coconut oil or olive oil massages. This would have been more helpful if done during pregnancy

Have your baby checked for toungue/lip ties. Its a simple procedure to fix if thats the problem.


Lanolin. You can find it at Walmart or Walgreens in the baby section. Also pumping sucks, if you can’t afford to pay a lactation consultant try to talk to one through WIC they should be able to help you get them to latch. From what I learned, you want the baby facing you with their tummy flat against yours, then you get a good grip on your breast and pinch your nipple flat like a sandwich. Press down on your baby’s chin to get their mouth open all the way and make sure you get your whole nipple in their mouth. If you do it right it shouldn’t hurt, but if he refuses to get his mouth all the way open (like my son did, he had a lip tie and a tongue tie) definitely get the nipple shields. It usually takes a week for them to train the baby to keep their mouth open, but I used them longer than that.

Follow up with the hospital it receive help with breastfeeding


Do you have an infection I’d go to your Dr and call Breadtfeeding Australia for some great advice

Place soaken tea bags on them aloe vera helps pump as u.can but have some formula.give.your.nipples a little.break I did.this luck your rest comes.time.for feeding.your bottle.feed while you rest

Lanolin cream and tea bags that were soaked in hot water. My doctor told me about the tea bags. Both of these helped me when I was nursing my son.

Check your baby isn’t tongue tied with your doctor. There are excellent patches you can put on your nipples to heal too. Get in touch with the breastfeeding team through your midwife and good luck x

Once your breast start making the milk, the health benefit is gone for baby, you move into the bonding time and saving $$ on formula. If you don’t have an infection and doctor clears you of all other issues, baby doesn’t latch, stop the torture. Start mixing in formula and gradually move over to it and stop the pain. Bottle or Breast fed, you can bond with baby, it’s health is not in prolonged breast feeding. Some mothers can’t and there is nothing wrong with it, it’s about your baby. Good Luck!

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Multi mam nipple patches from chemist warehouse.

Have bub checked for tounge tie.

Warm pack or warm shower before expressing. Look at bub whilst expressing (it helps the ‘let down’). Cold pack on afterwards.

No tight bras. No underwire.

Drink a decent amount of water.

You Tube - deep latch techniques.

Pump every 3 hours.

This will pass. I too had huge issues first and second time (7 years appart). I fed first until 14 months ans 2nd bubby is almost 12 months and we are going strong. It’s not easy. It’s so hard. I promise it will gwt easier.

The more you pump, the more milk you make. This will be increasing your tenderness and making it harder for bub to latch on. Some great advice from the ladies before me, have you tried laying on your back with bub on top and feeding that way? Cuddling and relaxing? Also great for gulpers . Ask at your baby clinic or local nursing mothers assoc for guidance.

It’s important that you continue to pump.

Also, speak to your doctor. You may have mastitis, and your doctor can give you medication and/or teach you ways of massaging your breasts to help with that.

Mostly, though: be patient with your body Mumma. It’s learning, the same way you are.

Scrub ur nipples with a toothbrush in the shower. I have 4 kids n it helped toughen them up and never hurt when o breastfeed! Sounds weird but works mother in law taught me this trick.

This happened to me with my first & a lovely midwife gave me a breast shield, it was the best thing ever, it is a breast cover with longer nipple so baby can suck easily. I only needed it for a couple of weeks and he was drinking without it. Big weight off shoulders :purple_heart:

Keep up the excellent work. I used a cream that was specifically for sore nipples due to breastfeeding. Ask the hospital’s lactation consultant. I’m sure she will know the name of the cream. Breast milk is on a supply and demand cycle. The more you nurse,(or pump) the more milk you will produce. Try putting some in a bottle and let someone else give it to the baby. As you pump more, begin to store the breast milk in the freezer. Lansino makes special type if bag you can store and freeze. If baby isn’t latching on, see a lactation specialist. I’m so proud of you for putting so much effort into giving your baby what’s best for them. If at any time you feel like you have tried enough, give yourself a break. I can’t ever recall reading about a person needing therapy because their mom stopped breastfeeding and gave them a bottle. You are so brave. I breast feed two of my three. My second one would not latch, no matter how hungry she was. That was thirty years ago and a breast pump wasn’t easy to find. I remember being so engorged she couldn’t have latched on if she wanted to. She ended up needing a very expensive prescription formula.

I had this problem too! I ordered the BeauGen Breast Pump Cushion and it’s helped a lot!

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My son wouldn’t latch at first either. Check his frenulum. If it is too short, you may need to have it clipped. I would agree with the lanolin also. Good luck!

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A nice warm facecloth on the breast helps a lot, and make sure to have a good nipple cream to moisturize. Sometimes the breast is sore from the milk flow letting down or milk coming in.

Are you sure you have the correct size flange? Can you talk to a lactation consultant to check? It will make a huge difference!


Time. Check your size. Nipple cream. They also make hot/cool packs for breasts for this reason. It will get better with time.

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Keep trying mama! Go talk to a lactation consultant. Mine prescribed me a cream

I had my first baby in August and he was in the NICU for the first week of his life so actually breastfeeding him has been a struggle from the start. I have pumped since day one and used the organic nipple balm that comes in a little black container by ‘boob ease’ every time after I pumped which helped a lot with cracked and sore nipples. The lanolin cream has also worked wonders. After about a month or so of exclusively pumping most of the soreness did go away with time though. I try and wear lots of loose fitting clothing and thinner, stretchier sports bra type things under clothing when I do have to wear a bra. I find that the tighter the bra, the more sore I am. It gets easier though I promise!

Tea bags, wet them & hold them over the nipples. The tannic acid helps

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Dr. Jack Newman has a cream that works wonders called APNO. The compound can be found online to make your own

Hot shower and just let the water hit your breasts. Also lying down with a warm towel over them helps.

I would try to get baby back to breast, let baby get halfway thru a bottle then switch. Good luck

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Nipple shields and sometimes you have to find the right position my son wouldn’t stay on unless I laid him down and laid next to him. Put the only thing that I found to make my boobs feel better after pumping is nipple cream, keep them suckers moisturized

Put cool cabbage leaves on them as needed

I exclusively pump and I’ve definitely had ups and downs and learned a lot. If I’m still sore or have blocked ducts (hard sore spots) I pump for longer. Also before and while you pump have a hot washcloth or a heating pad on your boobs. They make some you can heat up at Walmart that are shaped just for boobies. It helps get all the milk out. Use nipple cream when you are done… every time no matter what. You can also use coconut oil on them before you pump to help too. Make sure you stick to a strict pumping schedule or your bodies supply and demand will be thrown off and your supply will drop. For me personally I wear the nursing tank with the built in bra. I haven’t worn underwire sense I have birth because it’s just so uncomfortable and I find I get more blocked ducts that way. I only get sore when it gets close to pumping time so I would definitely pump longer but don’t over do it. My son is 7 months old and I just went from every three hours to every 4 hours. I pump for 40 minutes and sometimes a couple extra minutes if I have an extra let down. When I pumped every three hours it was generally for 30-40 minutes. I feel like it’s all I do too put to me it pays off.

These hot/ cold packs:
Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy - 2 pack - Google Search

This magical substance:
Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter

And lots of hot showers/baths

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I got a large box of thin feminine pads (because breastfeeding pads are over priced) cut them in half, put coconut oil on each and kept them on all the time! I tried tons of stuff because my baby wasn’t latching properly either. My nipples were bleeding and so painful to feed my baby. This is what made a HUGE difference!!! Also me learning to hold him in a different position helped him latch better. 

Put on nipple cream before you pump not after.

Lanolin after you pump and olive oil around the pump to nipple.

Best advice is get to a lactation consultant as soon as possible. This person will give you hands on support and insurance does cover this.

Hydrogel breast discs

My son didn’t latch correctly, or at all, for a long time. He would only hit the nipple (oww!!) I would see if (s)he has tongue-tie. It’s pretty common, but that doesn’t mean your child has it. If his/her tongue doesn’t reach the top of his mouth when he/she cries or doesn’t seem to even reach their gums, I would take them to a pediatrician to make sure. It’s a new thing, so a lot doctors think it will resolve on it’s own. Trust me, no it doesn’t. It will not get better in any way. I had enough after a month of 17+ hr/day feeding and got a new doctor. Turns out- it’ll cause life long speech and even back problems. For me, my breasts hurt even after his craniosacial therapy and a heating pad or warm bath helped. Again, this is only a possibility, I would watch when your child cries- see if their tongue reaches the top of their mouth. If it doesn’t, you should consider craniosacial therapy, or a laser cut

Ice packs (lansloh actually has ones specifically made for breastfeeding and pumping moms) and honest nipple balm they r my life savers. I use them both and love them.