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How to heal sore, cracked or blistered nipples.

My nipples are red, sore and cracked, what do I do? Does this sound like you? If yes, then you know latching a baby onto a scabbed, cracked or blistered nipple is like receiving a strong electrical shock. It’s toe curling, teeth clenching pain that can make you want to give up breastfeeding. We’ve been there and felt that and we’re here to tell you there’s hope - Hope to heal your nipples and hope to feed pain free for as long as you’d like to breastfeed your baby. As always, we recommend consulting a Lactation Consultant who can help recognize and diagnose any underlying problems (Some of which we will touch on here) that may be causing sore nipples. What...

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You Might Need a Nipple Shield If...

Nipple shields are a great tool that get a bad rep sometimes. Ultimately, they are a lifesaver for many moms who would otherwise not be able to continue their breastfeeding journey. Nipple shields are a clear silicone device that goes over your nipple on your breast and provides an artificial nipple for baby to latch onto. It also acts as a barrier between your baby’s mouth and your nipple. Whatever the reason a nipple shield is needed, we always recommend consulting a lactation consultant before using it if possible. It’s also important to know that there is no shame in needing a nipple shield. It does not mean you failed; it does not mean there is something wrong with you....

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Nipple Shield Dos and Don'ts

Whatever your reason for using a nipple shield, the goal is always the same – To extend or give you the ability to breastfeed baby without having to introduce formula. If you’re new to the idea of using a nipple shield or struggling in some way, we’re glad you found Back to Mom. We’d like to share some simple Do’s and Don’ts: Dos: Work with a lactation consultant so they can show you how to properly latch baby on the shield. A poor latch on the shield can re-enforce suckling problems or poor latching problems and even make them worse. Monitor your baby to make sure they are getting enough milk by tracking wet and soiled diapers. Make sure you...

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