Tag Archives: sore nipples

What makes my breasts so itchy?

Ask Anne… Question: I have been breastfeeding my 10-week-old son exclusively, and we both love it. My problem is that I have occasional intense itchiness on the skin of my left breast. When I scratch it, it brings on red welts that go away a little later. The itching does not involve the nipple, and it has no effect on …

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Breastfeeding problems due to flat nipples

Ask Anne… Question: With my first son I successfully nursed until he was 12 months old, at which time he weaned himself. The beginning was very rough and I almost gave up many times. The main problem I had was flat nipples. Neither my doctor or I thought to check before my baby was born.  Now that I am expecting …

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I have eczema on my breasts, making them itchy and sore

Ask Anne… Question: I have recently developed eczema on my breasts. It itches a lot and has  made my nipples sore.  My dermatologist just started me on a topical cream.  When she latches on, it itches, and I’m worried that the breastfeeding is irritating it and making it worse. Is this unusual? Answer: Eczema on the nipples is not uncommon. …

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How do I remove the hair around my nipples?

Ask Anne… Question: I am five months pregnant and want to breastfeed my baby, but I have several long coarse black hairs around my nipples.  Could you suggest a safe method of removing them? I have tried to trim them using scissors, but they grow back even thicker. I don’t want to use depilatory creams as the chemical components in them …

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How can I prevent frequent breast infections?

breast infections and plugged ducts

Ask Anne… Question: I had plugged ducts and breast infections 5 times when I was nursing my first baby I lived on antibiotics and ultrasounds.  Nothing I tried worked, and the pain was excruciating.  How can I reduce the chance of this happening again with my second child? Answer: I hate that you had so many problems with soreness and breast …

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Nursing During Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends exclusively breastfeeding your baby for the first six months of life, with no solids or supplements, and continuing to nurse throughout the first year of life and beyond. During the period of exclusive breastfeeding, it is very unlikely that you will become pregnant. However, as more and more mothers recognize the advantages of …

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