How to Soothe Sore Nipples When Breastfeeding


Dealing with sore nipples while breastfeeding can cause you a real discomfort.

You should definitely consult a lactation consultant if you have been experiencing painful breastfeeding to determine the cause.

But, there are a few things you can do to treat nipple pain and have a comfortable breastfeeding experience.

  • First of all, you should be nursing your baby shortly but regularly.
  • Also, you can numb the nipples before breastfeeding by pitting an ice cube on the area for 4-5 seconds.
  • You can pump the breast until the milk starts to flow so that the baby won’t have to suck hard in the beginning.
  • Make sure you never cut the amount of time of the breastfeeding session.
  • Let your nipples dry naturally.

Then, try some of the following useful tips.


Use fresh and raw breast milk 

After you have finished the breastfeeding session, gently massage your nipples with breast milk. Breast milk has powerful antimicrobial properties which speed up the healing process.

Wet and warm compresses 

Put a washcloth in warm water. Leave it to soak. Then, put this wet and warm compress on the nipple after you have finished the breastfeeding session. Many women have confirmed that this natural method provides an instant relief.

Use salt 

Mix half a teaspoon of table salt in a little bit of lukewarm water. Apply this mixture directly on your nipples. Compress it for 10 minutes to reduce the pain.

Tea bags 

Use tea bags as soon as you finish the breastfeeding process. But, teas are high in tannins which may cause extra cracking and drying. So, if you decide to try this method, use green tea.


If you switch the hairdryer on low mode, it may be a useful technique to soothe your sore nipples. But, note that this technique can cause more dryness. It can even make the situation worse if your nipples are cracked.


Lanolin in its purified form has powerful healing properties. It has been scientifically proven that lanolin can speed up the healing process of wounds by 50%. This product doesn’t cause any side effects.

Organic coconut oil

Organic coconut oil is another alternative to lanolin, as it has powerful antifungal properties. But, first, consider whether you are allergic to it. Choose organic, virgin, and cold-pressed varieties. Don’t use vitamin E oil because it can cause toxicity in infants.

Organic honey

Honey acts as a natural antibiotic. However, use honey which is specially designed for treating sore nipples.

Hydrogel dressings 

Hydrogel dressings moisturize your skin and speed up the process of healing.

Breast shells 

These plastic products are put inside the bra. They prevent the area from the rubbing effect of fabric. Also, breast shells promote better airflow.

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