10 Ways to Treat Engorgement and Sore/Cracked Nipples

10 Ways to Treat Engorgement and Sore/Cracked Nipples

Breastfeeding can be tough. For some women and babies, it’s a skill that’s picked up easily, naturally and quickly. But for many mothers–if not the majority–they don’t have that experience. There’s a lot of tears and growing pains. Both literally and figuratively. Learning how to get a good, deep latch takes time. I tell my clients often that the first two weeks are all about building your milk supply, and that it takes about 6 weeks to really get over the major hurdles and feel more confident at breastfeeding. However, while you’re going through those obstacles learning this new skill you may experience engorgement, a clogged milk duct, sore nipples, cracked nipples, bleeding nipples or even mastitis. It can be a literal pain in the boob. ๐Ÿ™ That’s why I’m sharing some things that can really help you through those aches and pains. Here’s what can help.

1. Good Nipple Butter

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Did you know that both our lips and our nipples have the highest density of nerve endings of any area on the body? Crazy, right? Because they are sensitive and delicate areas, they require care. Think about it; if you lick your lips constantly and bite them every couple of hours throughout the day and night, more than likely you will experience chapped lips. They will then crack and bleed and become very painful. This is why we wear chapstick to avoid lip irritation. Now imagine all of that happening but with your nipples . . . Not fun. But that’s exactly what’s happening when you breastfeed. A little human is licking, sucking, pulling and tugging on your nipples. That’s why you need a chapstick for your boobs and getting a good nipple butter is the key to this solution. Earth Mama has a wonderful nipple butter that is great for mom and safe for baby. The perfect chapstick for your nipples. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s made of only natural ingredients and is a brand that we love and trust. Using this will help hydrate your nipples and avoid irritation and pain. You’ll thank me later.

2. Cooling Pads

These things are the BEST! When you’re feeling engorged and your breasts are getting hard, sore and downright painful, these Soothing Nursing Pillowsย from Bamboobies are amazing. They provide incredible relief. What I love is that they are reusable, they can be cooled or warmed depending on what you need, they can be worn with or without the sleeves on a clogged milk duct, and/or engorged breasts. They have been a saving grace to so many mommas. They are a breastfeeding mom’s best friend!

I recommend using it as a hot compress for 5-10 minutes before nursing and then applying it as a cold compress for 10 minutes after feedings to help reduce swelling and inflammation if you are experiencing engorgement.

3. Hot Shower

For engorgement, take a warm shower and hand express enough milk so it no longer hurts. Don’t completely relieve and empty your breasts though. By just expressing a little breastmilk and relieving the pressure it will help soften your breasts and ease your discomfort. The warm water will help your breasts let down a bit.

4. Massage

As just mentioned, while you’re taking a warm shower, gently massage and compress the breast (or breasts) to express some of the milk and diminish engorgement. Also, massage the breast when the baby pauses between sucks. This may help drain the breast more, leaving less milk behind.

5. Air Drying

If your nipples are sore and feeling raw, you may find that anything touching them makes them hurt even more. One thing you can do is use breast shellsย to protect them from being touched by your bra or t-shirt. But something that can help even more is letting them air dry. As much as possible, expose your nipples to the air so they will stay dry and heal. This is one of the best things that you can do for healing.

6. Check for Tongue Tie and Lip Tie

Tongue tie and lip tie can be tough to diagnose. If you think that your baby is having difficulty lifting his/her tongue or moving it forward normally you may want to speak with a pediatric dentist to see if your baby has either of these issues. They are fairly simple to fix and can really help your baby get a better latch which will then cause much less irritation to your nipples while breastfeeding.

7. Breastmilk

You know how “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” would put Windex on everything to make everything better? Well if you meet a breastfeeding mama, you’ll quickly discover that breastmilk is the cure all for all things. You’ll often hear, “Just put a little breastmilk on it.” Clogged tear duct, ear infection, you name it. Some mamas think it’s the answer to curing it all. And one of those things is also sore/cracked nipples. Express some of your breastmilk and rub it around your nipples and let them air dry. Do that after every feeding and you should soon notice a difference.

8. Breathable Nursing Pads

If your nipples have cracked and are bleeding, you will want to gently wash your nipples after each feeding so you can reduce the chance of infection. Once a day use a gentle soap to clean them. After each feeding, use the nipple butter and a good nursing pad that is breathable to keep your nipples from rubbing or touching other things such as your shirt. We don’t want your nipples to stay damp so make sure to change out your nursing pads once they do become damp. This is why I recommend Bamboobies nursing pads. Their reusable and disposable nursing pads are breathable and are our favorites. Your breasts will be so happy with these.

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9. Breast Pump

If massaging or hand expressing isn’t doing the trick, briefly use your breast pump to help soften your breast to allow baby to get a better latch. When your breasts are rock solid it can be difficult for baby to grab ahold of your nipples and areola to breastfeed. Your pump can help.

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10. Nipple Shield

Nipple shields aren’t normally my first recommendation. They can sometimes cause more problems than solve. Some babies can become dependent on them and will refuse to nurse without them which can be frustrating for mom. If the other things listed above havenโ€™t worked, it may be worth giving it a try. We recommend only using it when necessary to give your nipples a break.

11. Lactation Consultant

Many people think that itโ€™s normal for breastfeeding to be painful. It can be, but there are things that you can do to avoid that. If these tips havenโ€™t helped you resolve the problem you are experiencing, I recommend seeking out an IBCLC (a breastfeeding expert) who can help you with the issues that you are experiencing and give you suggestions on how to resolve them. Often a mother with sore or cracked nipples will have more than one problem (a poor latch, clogged milk duct, engorgement, developed a bacterial infection, etc.) so you may have to work through each one with a lactation consultant before the feedings become pain-free. But you can get through it and it will get better! You just have to keep trying and ask for help when needed.

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Nina is The Baby Chickยฎ & CEO of Baby Chickยฎ. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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One day a pregnant client of mine started having a One day a pregnant client of mine started having abdominal pain. She called her OBGYN's office and they had her come in to check on the baby to make sure everything was okay. Everything looked fine and well with the baby so they sent her home saying that it was probably something that she ate and that it must be gas or indigestion pain.
Days went by and the pain not only continued but it got WORSE. I encouraged her to continue reaching out to her doctor, which she did. She would call the office and the nurse and doctor would tell her that everything was fine. They told her what meds she could take that could help, and that if she wanted to come in again the next day, she could.
The next day she went in and they looked at the baby and the baby was still perfect. They told her to go home and said to her, "You must have a very low pain tolerance because everything is appearing normal." Little did they know that she had labored for days and delivered her first baby withOUT any pain medication. (She had a different OBGYN with her first baby.) This client of mine is a strong woman and definitely does NOT have a low pain tolerance. I would know because I was her doula for both of her babies.
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Now that "homeschool" is over, we can now enjoy ou Now that "homeschool" is over, we can now enjoy our summer! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Oh, wait . . . #looksalotlikerightnow ๐Ÿค”โ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @hallmark
When you become a mother you realize how much your When you become a mother you realize how much your mother did (or didn't do) for you. ๐Ÿ’— Sending love to all of the mothers, step-mothers, mother figures out there.
Happy Monday, mamas!โ  ๐Ÿ‘‹โ  โ  Lately, with e Happy Monday, mamas!โ  ๐Ÿ‘‹โ 
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Lately, with everything going on, I've been thinking a lot about mothers with newborns. ๐Ÿคฑ As a postpartum doula, I get the pleasure of supporting new families in their homes and helping them navigate the winding roads and highs and lows of early parenthood. But right now I know that families are bringing home their precious babies and are feeling alone more than ever. They have less physical support, which can feel like they have less emotional and informational support as well. This breaks my heart. ๐Ÿ’” I wish this wasn't happening to families or to our world and I wish that I could be there for these moms.โ 
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That's why today, I am hopping on our stories and answering YOUR questions. Since I can't be there PHYSICALLY to help you with your pregnancy and newborns, I want you to know that I am here virtually for you. How can I help?โ 
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{I've left a question box in our stories. Have a question about your postpartum recovery? About your newborn? About breastfeeding? Bottle-feeding? You name it! I've been helping mothers as a birth doula and postpartum doula for 10 years and I am here for you.๐Ÿ’•}โ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @creativeclicksphotography
Okay, grandma. ๐Ÿ™„โ  ๐Ÿ“ท: unknown Okay, grandma. ๐Ÿ™„โ 
๐Ÿ“ท: unknown
To the mamas, papas, dreamers, visionaries, SAHMs, To the mamas, papas, dreamers, visionaries, SAHMs, etc. out there, kudos to you! For going so hard, for not quitting even on the worst days, even on the tired days, even on the days you don't know how you're going to do it, or don't feel like you can. You know it's okay to have some patience, grace, and forgiveness with yourself, right?โ 
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Our children are the future. I had to learn to give myself some grace. Sometimes when I evaluate where I am in life and see that I'm not exactly where I want to be or could've been frustrates me, or gets me down. I'm so hard on myself. But then I realized if the ONLY good thing I've done or successfully done is raise great children, I am in fact doing well!! *Parents, it's so important how we raise our children, and many of you KNOW that is not an easy task.โ 
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There are so many different aspects on this one topic. First, their confidence, self-love, etc. is so important. They need to know who they are, so when they encounter times and people that aren't so kind they are not completely crushed.โ 
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Secondly, think about who you're putting into the world. Do you remember your heartbreak(s), or some of the sh*%$y people you've come across and thought who raised them? Or even when you encountered a child that needed a hug or just some TLC. It's important!โ 
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Thirdly, but not least, for the dreamer or the visionary . . . Yes, we are working so hard for our dreams and goals. And one day we may achieve them, but our building and growing may also be in the building for our children. As we are building a future for them. Show yourself a little love. โค๏ธ"โ 
Words & ๐Ÿ“ท: @tanishasnell_
"On my headstone, I hope they write, 'Here lies a "On my headstone, I hope they write, 'Here lies a devoted mother who suffocated under her enormous laundry pile.' #kiddingnotkiddingโ 
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I'm trying to be more mindful about laundry and use it as a meditation practice (my main squeeze Thich Nhat Hanh talks about washing your dishes like you're bathing baby Buddha. ๐Ÿ˜Š) Sometimes I can do it and feel grateful and grounded (I find cloth diapers particularly soothing for some reason. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ) And sometimes I consider just turning our living room into one huge laundry pile and letting everyone forage for their clothes each morning. #wildstyleโ 
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So tell me, wise women of the world--how do you do laundry? Are you a load-a-day type or do you wait until it piles up and tackle it all at once?"โ 
Words & ๐Ÿ“ท: @spiritysol
It's called balance. And motherhood. And it's the It's called balance. And motherhood. And it's the weekend. ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคช Cheers!
Want to jazz up breakfast or lunch for the kids (o Want to jazz up breakfast or lunch for the kids (or yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰) in an easy way? Animal Face Toast! ๐Ÿ˜โ 
Pop an emoji for your favorite animal!๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฆ‰๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿป๐Ÿท๐Ÿตโ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @weelicious
Staying safe for mom and baby has never been tough Staying safe for mom and baby has never been tougher than it is now. ๐Ÿ˜ท Shout out to all the pregnant moms and moms with newborns!! You are amazing. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ You are strong. ๐Ÿ’ช And our hearts are with you. โค๏ธโ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @themommaprentice
The Ultimate List of Grandma Names ๐Ÿ‘ตโ  โ .โ  The Ultimate List of Grandma Names ๐Ÿ‘ตโ 
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When I found out I was pregnant, one of the many things I began to wonder was, "What are my parents and in-laws going to go by as their grandparent names?" Grandparents are not just going with the classic "Grandma and Grandpa" names anymore. Some are now getting creative and are coming up with new ideas. If your mother or mother-in-law are unsure of what they want their special Grandma names to be, we're sharing our ultimate list of over 100 Grandma names to choose from!โ  โค๏ธ โ {Click ๐Ÿ”— in bio to continue reading!}โ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @newmommy_in_city