Why did my nipple area just start hurting and looking different?
Nipple pain and damage that begin early in breastfeeding are usually related to the baby’s latching and sucking. When they begin later, after weeks or more of pain-free breastfeeding, it is called late-onset. There are many possible causes, including infection, trauma or other skin problems. It is important to have the right diagnosis. These problems can affect different parts of the nipple or areola and one or both breasts. Some causes of late-onset nipple pain are more common than others.
Consider using our quick assessment tool, “Why do my nipples hurt?” to guide you through this concern.