No one told me that breastfeeding was going to be painful. I honestly went into it thinking that my milk was going to flow with no problem, and my baby would simply use his natural instinct to latch on properly. But after a couple of days of just not getting it, my baby was starving and my nipples were sore, red, and beginning to crack. Needless to say, I was on the verge of cracking, too. If you are struggling like I did, you could probably benefit from some hacks to make your boobs not hurt as much while breastfeeding.
According to Belly Belly, there are several reasons why breastfeeding can hurt. Most often, it is due to an incorrect latch which can lead to blisters or broken skin – which can take a long time to heal since the skin is being reopened each time your baby nurses. But sometimes it can be due to plugged ducts or mastitis which may need to be treated with antibiotics. In most cases, breastfeeding will become less painful with time and guidance from a certified lactation consultant if necessary.
In the meantime, here are some easy hacks to help alleviate boob pain while breastfeeding.