Is breastfeeding painful?

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by Azure Sullivan

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07.27.2021

I want to breastfeed my child, but I heard that it is really painful. Is this true?

Kelly L

Hi Kelly and thank you for your question.

Breastfeeding can be hard, but it shouldn’t be painful. For those that have trouble with breastfeeding, they often just need to change up their method, thus we get varying reports from moms regarding the pain level of breastfeeding.

If this is your first time breastfeeding, it can be especially intimidating. The most common pain related to breastfeeding is nipple pain from improper latching and engorgement (your breasts literally feel like rocks). I have personally experienced all of these. Depending on your birthing plan, you can have a lactation consultant walk you through the process right after birth or contact your pediatrician for a list of names to reach out to. My best advice is to reach out to a doctor before it gets bad instead of waiting for the pain to subside on its own.  We appreciate you being part of Kids Health Secrets and look forward to having you indulge in our learning experience.

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