sore nipples

Treat Sore Nipples Naturally

Sore nipples, which are often accompanied by breast tenderness, are a problem that most women will suffer from at some point in their life. They are often considered a symptom of pregnancy, but can also be caused by stages of the menstrual cycle, medication, having large breasts, infections and even wearing a bra that just doesn’t quite fit right. Keeping an eye on the soreness, noting when it occurs and what symptoms come with it are important. Remember, nipple soreness can be a symptom of a serious health concern such as cancer.


How do I know if I have sore nipples?

  • Itchiness
  • Swelling
  • Cracks
  • Bleeding
  • Breast heaviness
  • Lumps or bumps around the areola
  • Discharge

Seek medical care if you also experience:

  • Headaches
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Weight gain or bloating
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Sleepiness


How can I prevent sore nipples?

  • Make sure you are wearing a bra that fits appropriately.
  • Change your bra every day to prevent irritation.
  • Try relaxation techniques to bring down stress.
  • If your sore nipples are caused by breastfeeding it will take time for you to adjust; try changing nursing positions, checking to see if the latch your baby has isn’t optimal and treating any thrush infections.


How can I treat sore nipples?

  • Rub your nipples with lanolin. This will help dull some of the sensitivity.
  • Use a cold compress to help bring down swelling and take out the heat.
  • If you’re breast feeding, rinse with water and a little salt. This washes away any left over saliva and helps to prevent cracking.
  • Rub some of your milk, if you’re breastfeeding, over the nipple to help accelerate healing.
  • Moisturize! Help the skin heal by keeping it healthy.
  • You can make a paste of calcium flour, vitamin E oil, and silica to help promote healing.
  • Calendula and chamomile are both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and will help to soothe any nipple irritation.
  • Eat foods high in vitamin C to help promote healing.
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