Jefferson University Hospitals

Sore Nipples

Sore nipples are probably the most common difficulty mothers have when breastfeeding. While it is common to feel mild tenderness the first few weeks, if pain persists and your nipples are continually sore, you may wish to consult one of the international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) of Jefferson's Childbirth Program/Parent Education.

We are experts in many breastfeeding difficulties and can determine if your baby is having a latch-on problem; if there is a structural issue with your baby's mouth; or if you are experiencing a yeast infection, which may cause your nipples to become red and burn or feel extremely sore after weeks or months of pain-free breastfeeding.

Depending upon your situation, we will work with your Jefferson obstetrician to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment.

Questions About Breastfeeding?

Jefferson has a "Warm Line" for breastfeeding mothers to call day or night with questions about breastfeeding. Calls are returned within 24 hours. Please call 215-955-6665.