Cracked nipple

Specific Causes of Cracked nipple

Breastfeeding: Cracked nipples can be painful but they often heal quickly. Cracked nipples are often caused by the baby not being attached to the breast right. If you have cracked nipples, it is best to get help from an Australian Breastfeeding Association counsellor or a breastfeeding-trained health professional.

Source: Queensland Health1

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Ankyloglossia: Tongue-tie can also sometimes cause problems for a breastfeeding mother. Problems can include:

Most breastfeeding problems, however, aren't caused by tongue-tie and can be overcome with the right support.

Source: NHS Choices UK2

Preventions for Cracked nipple

Here are some tips:

  • Follow the nipple care tips for sore nipples on this page.
  • It is okay to not feed on the sore breast (for 12 to 24 hours) if it is too painful. You can express milk by hand during this time to feed your baby in a bottle or cup.
  • If you use breast pads, remove them gently. If the pad sticks to the breast, express a little breastmilk to moisten it before trying again.

Source: Queensland Health3

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  1. Source: Queensland Health: HealthCondition/ condition/ 8/ 31/ 599/ managing-common-breast-concerns
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ tongue-tie/ 
  3. Source: Queensland Health: HealthCondition/ condition/ 8/ 31/ 599/ managing-common-breast-concerns
  4. Source: OWH (DHHS): breastfeeding/ breastfeeding-challenges/ common-breastfeeding-challenges
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ tongue-tie/ 
  6. Source: OWH (DHHS): breastfeeding/ breastfeeding-challenges/ common-breastfeeding-challenges
  7. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ cegir/ Learn-More/ Glossary

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