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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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, 2019

    Thank you both for the input!

  • Anonymous
    Sep 10, 2019

    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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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, 2019

    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!