Causes of nipple pain

80-90% of breastfeeding mothers report pain at some point, studies show. The most frequent culprits? Improper positioning and suction trauma. The first 48 hours post-birth are a time when mom’s nipples can be very tender, and with proper positioning, this tenderness can subside within the first week. If you’re questioning whether positioning is to blame for your pain, contact your local lactation consultant for assistance.

Treatments for nipple pain

There are a few ways to ease the pain and tenderness and help your nipples to quickly heal.

  • Research shows warm, moist heat can help your skin heal faster
  • Hydrogel pads create a soothing barrier — you can cool these in your freezer and stick them inside your nursing bra. Aeroflow Breastpumps has awesome and affordable Medela options available.
  • Nipple creams or ointments can also soothe pain — Boppy Bloom is a hypoallergenic option available on our online store!

If your nipple pain persists for more than 7 consecutive days, or goes away and then returns, you may need to contact your physician. Only your doctor can ascertain which treatment would be totally best for your specific issue.

Switch between pumping and breastfeeding

Sometimes alternating pumping with breastfeeding can provide relief. Breast pumps can be expensive, but Aeroflow Breastpumps has you covered with you a large variety of pumps at a great cost. Your breast pump may be covered by your health insurance company at little to no cost. You can find out if your policy is compliant by completing the following simple, three-step Qualify Through Insurance form. Your dedicated Breastpump Specialist will contact your insurance company, verify your coverage and network status, and then contact you with your options within 3-5 business days.

If you need immediate assistance, please call 844-867-9890. We look forward to working with you!

Information provided in blogs should not be used as a substitute for medical care or consultation.