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Does Breastfeeding Hurt?

Does Breastfeeding Hurt?

by: Dr. Shilva
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology Paras Bliss, Panchkula

The most persistent myth about breast feeding is that it hurts but the truth is that breast feeding should never hurt and if it hurts then the lactating mother needs professional help and lactation counseling so that you are able to breast feed with pain

If breast feeding hurts, following are the list of conditions to consider:

  • Latching: A baby who is not positioned properly, may not be able to latch deeply and improper latching leads to sore nipples. Improper latching is easy to treat but it often takes a while for the nipples to heal and pain to abate. Be sure to have a proper latching to avoid sore nipple.
  • Engorged Breasts: About two to five days after birth, your milk will come. This is accompanied by smelling that can be painful and makes latching difficult. Feeding your baby is the best way to avoid engorgement. If your baby is having trouble latching you can express milk manually or by breast pump. Warm moist and compress also helps in returning engorgement pain. It is normal to have fullness of breast between feedings. Nursing your baby more often helps to prevent fullness and engorgement. If you develop a blister on your nipple, it is most likely due to shallow latching. Treatment should start with correct baby’s latch. Changing positions or how to hold your baby may help in proper latching. Application of purified saholin gel, sometimes in speedy healing. If these measures do not help, you may need counseling and health check-up by lactation consultant.
  • Mastitis: Sometimes with long duration of untreated engorgement you may get a warm,red, tender spot on your breast. Most often it is treated with antibiotics. Breast should be emptied regularly to avoid engorgement.


Breast milk is the best possible food for your baby. A good latch is important to make you and your baby comfortable. The following technique can help to ensure a proper latch.

  • Sit on comfortable chair with great back support
  • Make sure you baby is tummy to tummy with you at the time of feeding
  • Do not try to learn into the baby. Grasp the breast on the sides. Make sure to keep fingers far from nipples
  • Remember to keep your baby’s ear, shoulder and hip in alignment which will make swallowing easier
  • When baby opens his or her mouth, she should latch on to the nipple
  • Try to get as much of the lower portion of the areola in her mouth. All above techniques will help in managing breast problems.
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