There should not be pain while breast feeding. Follow these few simple rules to fix the situation.
1. You’ll be tender for about a week, but any soreness is generally due to improper positioning of your baby. Try moving the baby around, and if the pain continues, contact your lactation consultant.
2. Improper positioning of your baby, traumatic removal from the breast and excessively dry tissue can all cause cracked nipples. Try repositioning your baby, Make sure your breasts stay clean of the baby’s saliva. Wear breast shells in your bra between feedings.
3. Block ducts feel like tender pea-sized bumps under your skin. They are caused by a wide variety of factors, but are easily treated. Feed frequently, take a warm shower, hand express or pump after feedings and position your baby so that his chin faces the blockage to maximize suction.
4. If the blocked duct does not resolve it’s self, contact your physician immediately so it doesn’t become infected.
5. Consult your lactation specialist for any questions or concerns that you have.