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Remedies for sore/ cracked and bleeding nipples while breastfeeding

sore nipples while breastfeeding

Yes, your nipples may get sore and cracked or sometimes they might even bleed once you start your breastfeeding journey but that’s not necessary for everyone. Some women have no problems whatsoever, while others may have some difficulties.  Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help ease the discomfort of sore/ cracked and bleeding nipples. First, make sure that your baby is latched on correctly. If you are unsure, ask a lactation consultant or your doctor for help.

Here I am sharing 10 remedies to try to ease the pain from sore/ cracked/ bleeding nipples while breastfeeding and provide some relief. Try these remedies to help speed up the healing process:


Nipple Creams

Apply nipple creams widely available online to the affected area. This will help to soothe and protect the nipple.

If you are breastfeeding, it is important to choose a nipple cream that is safe for use while breastfeeding. Some creams can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea in young infants. Be sure to read the label carefully before using any cream on your nipples.

It is also important to choose a nipple cream that is hypoallergenic. Some creams can cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you are unsure whether or not a particular cream is hypoallergenic, it is best to consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

When using nipple creams, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after each application. This will help to avoid any further irritation.


Shea butter

Shea butter for cracked nipples


If you’re breastfeeding and your nipples are cracked, dry, or sore, you may be considering using shea butter to help them heal. Shea butter is a natural, fatty substance that’s derived from the fruit of the African shea tree. It’s often used as an ingredient in lotions, creams, and soaps.

Some research suggests that shea butter may help to heal wounds and improve skin elasticity. It’s also known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These characteristics may help to soothe cracked or sore nipples and promote healing.

If you’re interested in using shea butter on your nipples, it’s important to choose a product that’s pure and free of added fragrances or other ingredients. You can find pure shea butter at most health food stores or online.

To use, simply wash your nipples with lukewarm water, pat dry/ air dry them and then apply a small amount organic shea butter to form a protective layer and let nipples heal until the next feed. You can also use it before bedtime to give your nipples an extra dose of moisture overnight.


Hydrogel pads

hydrogel breast pads for sore nipples

Apply a hydrogel dressing to the nipple. These dressings are cooling and can provide relief from pain and discomfort.


Cold press

ice pack for cracked and bleeding nipples

Put an ice pack, cold wet cloth on the affected area for a few minutes several times a day. This can help to reduce pain and inflammation.



air-dry-breasts-nipple care

Keep your breast open in the air to prevent any moisture and allow your nipples to heal.


Loose cotton dresses

comfy maternity dress

Wear loose cotton clothes to avoid friction and further damage to the cracked nipple. You can shop cotton maternity and feeding dresses online from the comfort of your home from Myntra, Flipkart or Amazon.


Breast milk

breast milk for sore and cracked nipples

Apply expressed breast milk to the sore area. Breast milk has natural healing properties and can help to speed up the healing process.



Avoid using soap or other cleaning products on your nipples. These can be too harsh and may further irritate the skin and wash away good bacteria that your nipple skin produces to heal the nipple naturally.

If you are experiencing sore/ cracked/ bleeding nipples while breastfeeding, don’t despair. With a little care and attention, you can overcome this obstacle and enjoy a successful breastfeeding experience.

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