Some women will experience nipple soreness in the first few days after birth. Although nipple pain is common, it is not necessarily normal. It is often a sign of an ineffective latch, which can usually be fixed by trying different breastfeeding positions or consulting with a nurse or lactation consultant. Both the mother and her newborn are learners together, and it can take time for them to find their way to the best latch.
To talk to a lactation consultant at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, call 519.352.7270 ext. 2903.
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