Does nipple damage need to air-dry?
Air-drying is an old way to treat nipple damage. Keeping the damage moist has been shown to be more effective. Instead of air-drying, nipple damage should be treated with an appropriate wound care product and then covered. Air should not contact the damage until it is completely healed. Nipples that are allowed to air-dry form scabs and heal more slowly. Breastfeeding on scabbed, dry nipples can cause more nipple damage and pain by deforming the nipple, ripping off the scab, or stretching the damaged area.