Anyone that's dealt with sore nipples knows it is no picnic. It's really quite wretched and can present a challenge when trying to take care of a new baby. First, the pain can just drain you and really impact your mental state and mood. Secondly, the pain can strain your nursing and pumping sessions. If you're not a fan of using commercial products on your nipples or simply can't get to the store, thankfully there are items in your pantry that will soothe your nipples.
Before getting into some of the home remedies, it's important to identify what is causing your sore nipples. Le Leche League International (LLLI) explained that cracked, throbbing, aching, peeling, itching, or simply sore nipples are usually the result of incorrect positioning while nursing or poor suction (when breastfeeding or pumping). The site noted that it's normal to feel tenderness in those first few days after a baby is born, but if it doesn't go away it could be a sign that the baby isn't latching properly. LLLI recommended that nursing mothers with persistent sore nipples reach out to a lactation consultant or medical professional that can help observe their latch and determine any possible issues.
While you wait for an appointment or go on the journey of trying to figure out the source of your sore nipples, there are things you can do in the interim to soothe them. Here are seven remedies you can try with things in your pantry or simply at home without having to go anywhere.