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Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby from birth. However, the beginnings are sometimes not so easy. Many times they come accompanied by problems and discomfort that can make breastfeeding a painful experience for the mother.
One of the most common complaints among nursing mothers is cracks or painful nipples. We tell you what it is and how to solve it.
In the beginning, the first days after delivery, the baby spends a lot of time on the breast, until he gets the amount of milk he needs. Nipple skin is very sensitive, and evidently suffers wear and tear. That sensitive skin, subjected to long hours of friction and humidity, causes cracks to appear. These cracks are actually wounds that can be very painful. Since cracks occur in the nipple, this problem is also known as a sore nipple.
The first thing to do is look for the origin of this pain. First it is necessary to verify that the baby is latched properly. Poor posture during breastfeeding can be the source of cracks in the nipple, as the baby does not suck correctly. How to know if the baby latches on to the breast correctly? You must breastfeed by sucking part of the areola, not just the nipple.
Another possible cause of cracks is that the baby has a lingual frenulum that prevents him from sucking the milk properly. In this case, the baby chews on the nipple instead of sucking.
Once we fix the grip issue, the cracks will naturally heal. To speed up this process, it is recommended to leave the breast in the air for as long as possible.
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