Posted in Breastfeeding, Parent's Health, For Moms



I’m a first time mom, my baby just turned 2 months and I’ve had trouble BF from the start. He gets a good latch because I can hear him gulping and my breasts feel empty after feeding but my nipples are on fire. I started pumping and bottle feeding him to give myself relief. I can only nurse him once maybe twice a day. I’ve tried lanolin nipple cream, coconut oil, aloe Vera. Nothing eases the pain. They’re red, cracked and so sore some days pumping hurts. Any suggestions?? Could this be thrush?

  • G
    Sep 10

    It might be the flanges you are using with your pump. I have the Medela Symphony pump but use the flanges from pumping pals since they are more comfortable. It could also be the sizing of the flanges since most people have a size that is way too large. I also use olive oil on my nips before and after I pump which help keeps them from drying out. I never dealt with thrush so I cannot speak to that. I hope the pain goes away!!!! Wishing you the best

  • Kieli
    Sep 10

    Both of my daughters had thrush ... my youngest had thrush for over a month, and my nipples felt completely normal. I would try and talking to a lactation consultant and see what they think, or your doctor.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 10

    Thank you both for the input!

  • Anonymous
    Sep 10

    Your health is just as important as feeding the baby. You are in pain so get it checked out instead of putting yourself through maybe unnecessary pain.

  • Tara
    Sep 13

    I just had this happen on my right side and my Dr prescribed all purpose nipple cream ... It worked great. It was just cracked and irritated.

  • AA
    Sep 16

    I had thrush and my doctor said most people have external symptoms like nipple itching. I think it’s worth getting checked. Whatever it is, breastfeeding isn’t supposed to hurt so much.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 24

    Turns out he has a lip tie! It’s preventing a proper latch which is causing the trouble/pain. It’s very common but typically not diagnosed unless you’re specifically looking for it. Also look for a tongue tie. Thank you everyone who replied!