Why have my nipples hurt since the first week after birth and what can I do about it?
If a mother's nipples are mildly tender in the early days of breastfeeding, they are probably just adapting to the process. They are not used to having a baby latching on them for 20 minutes every 3 hours. This type of pain is usually at its worst in the early days and is gone by a few weeks. More severe pain, and possibly damage, may be caused by problems with technique such as poor positioning, poor latching, or excessively long feeds. There may be an abnormality with the nipple itself or a bacterial infection that damages the skin. Other causes of nipple pain include expressing or using a nipple shield. Some babies can have a strong suction, compress the nipple, clamp or tug at the breast, or have a tongue-tie. It is important to find the cause(s) of the pain. It is a sign that something needs to be changed.