Is breastfeeding painful?
There's some good news! Our resident Certified Lactation Counselor Molly Petersen gives you the facts.
Overall, breastfeeding shouldn't be painful. But there are some conditions that can pop up that might cause some temporary discomfort. One of the most common is nipple soreness during the early days of breastfeeding. It’s important that your baby gets a good latch when they are feeding, taking all the nipple and as much breast tissue into their mouth as possible. A proper latch will help reduce potential soreness, and if the soreness continues beyond a week or so, be sure to reach out to a lactation professional for help.
If breastfeeding simply isn't working for you, whether because of pain or because your baby won't latch, don't beat yourself up too much. Many women try to breastfeed and aren't successful—this experience is completely normal and will not take away from your bond with your baby.
Meet Molly Petersen
“I love when I hear the confidence in a new mom’s voice when she realizes that her body is capable of giving her baby the very best.” Molly began her Lansinoh career assisting customers with product questions, and was inspired to become a CLC when she realized that many questions were more about breastfeeding than products.
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