The myth of sore nipples
- Many women believe that sore nipples are an inevitable part of breastfeeding. The fact is, such discomfort usually is the result of an improper latch—and is therefore entirely preventable. Here’s how to get your baby latched on right.
- Before putting your baby on the breast, position her on her side so she is directly facing you, with her belly touching yours.
- Prop up the baby with a pillow, if necessary, and hold her up to your breast. Don’t lean over toward her.
- Place your thumb and fingers around your areola (the dark area around the nipple).
- Tilt your baby’s head back slightly and tickle her lips with your nipple until she opens her mouth wide.
- Help her “scoop” the breast into her mouth by placing her lower jaw on the breast first, well below the nipple.
- Tilt her head forward, placing her upper jaw deeply on the breast. Make sure she takes the entire nipple and at least 1 1/2 inches of the areola in her mouth.