If Breastfeeding Hurts

Before considering any reason for experiencing pain in Breastfeeding please use our Positioning and Attachment  page to rule out attachment as a cause of pain.

Pain vs colour change and/or itching

I have pain
I do not have pain but my nipples have changed colour and/or are itchy

If you do not see any change in shape and feel that warmth causes itching or see some colour change, which may show as redness on some skin tones then:

  • Consider an allergy to nipple cream, breast pads etc
  • Prescribe non-sedating antihistamine and hydrocortisone 1% cream applied sparingly